The number of workers deaths or injuries has been grossly under reported adding to an absence of oversight and leading to unsafe working conditions in india s construction sector. Informal women construction workers are often poor and uneducated but sewa believes they can be empowered through trainings exposure visits and workshops.
For instance registration of construction workers and uptake of welfare schemes are poor.
Poor construction worker india. How india doesn t count the poor as workers. In 2012 sewa delhi construction workers active in advocacy visited sewa madhya pradesh to learn about their organizing approach and relationship with the madhya pradesh welfare board. India has seen a construction boom in recent years as incomes rise and cities expand.
But the industry mostly attracts migrant workers from villages who move to towns and cities due to a lack of. Following the outbreak of the covid 19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown acting on the advisory issued by the centre 18 states have transferred money ranging from rs 1 000 to rs 5 000 to the bank accounts of registered construction workers from the designated cess funds at their disposal. Reasons for so many fatal accidents are many including lack of awareness among workers ranging from contractors refusing to enforce safety equipment on workers at construction sites lack of awareness among workers and lack of government site inspection there is just one inspector in india for every 506 registered units.
The labour ministry s focus is on registered construction workers and provident fund subscribers excluding a vast majority of the working poor. But a lot of the jobs being created are of poor quality despite strong economic growth and some 77 of workers in india will have vulnerable employment by 2019 according to the ilo s world. Huge funds accumulated in the accounts of the boards remain unspent.
Construction workers in india staged demonstrations across the country on monday 13 july highlighting their plight amid the covid 19 pandemic with the lack of savings and absence of any social security measures. Why construction workers continue to suffer in india the reasons are manifold. 2 250 crores as one time cash benefit was directly transferred to the accounts of 1 8.
Over 250 migrant workers stranded for over 50 days at the site of an under construction hospital in delhi being built by larsen and toubro l t have issued an emotional appeal for help after a minor scuffle broke out between them and the police on tuesday morning. Led by the construction workers federation of india cwfi the workers the majority of which are migrants demanded direct cash.