An Indian Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri has expressed serious concern over the living conditions of a large number of construction workers and urged the builders to ensure dignified living for them by ensuring necessary basic facilities.
He spoke on the issue after releasing a commemorative stamp on the occasion of the 25 years of Indian Builders Congress (IBC) in Delhi on Tuesday.
Puri reminded the 5,100 members of the IBC that it was their responsibility to ensure decent living conditions with facilities for cooking, bathing and toilets for workers at construction sites under Clause 19 H of General Contract Conditions and Contract Labour (Regulation) Act.
The Minister said this was not being generally complied with which is not acceptable. He asserted that construction workers make good contribution to economic growth of the country and deserve to be treated with dignity.
Puri added that the real estate sector kept evolving with the progress of economic reforms and the resultant economic growth, but had run into hurdles due to inadequate self-regulation and lack of regulatory mechanism.
Construction workers must be treated with dignity & provided basic facilities including kitchen & toilets.
— Hardeep Singh Puri (@HardeepSPuri) October 17, 2017
This, he said, has necessitated the Real Estate Act that was made a reality by the Government last year after eight long years it was first proposed. Puri asserted that the real estate sector will soon settle at a new normal.