Shimla: Apathy towards workers welfare was exposed as a Comptroller and Auditor Report (CAG) revealed that despite having a kitty of Rs 107 Cr fund collections, only Rs 4 lakhs was spent in three years (2009-2012).
What was worse that though the Buildings and other Construction Workers Welfare (B&OCWW) Act was passed in the year 1996 but the board to implement the welfare schemes was only constituted 12 years later.
The CAG audit has pointed out that crucial aspects of identification of beneficiaries and registration of establishment and implementation of welfare schemes for workers was not given due priority. As a result of which huge amount of fund remained unspent with the board.
Report says that the board had aggregating receipts of Rs 107.46 cr (Rs 107.41 Cr as cess and Rs 5 lacs as subscription for 2009 -2012 and the expenditure on welfare schemes for workers was Rs 4 lacs only.
Of the mandatory 18 meeting for the three year period only 10 were held and no meeting was held after July 2012 whereas it is mandatory to hold a meeting once in six months, under the rules.