The National Green Tribunal has recommended to the Centre that a stipend or compensation be given to daily-wage labourers who have become unemployed as a result of the ban on construction activities to bring down the severe pollution levels in Delhi.
“Huge welfare funds are lying unused under Building and Other Construction Workers (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service) Act. Can there be some stipend when construction is stopped?” a bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel said.
The green panel said daily-wage workers who depend on construction sites to make a living are worst sufferers of the ban on construction activities as they have been rendered jobless.
It may be recalled here that Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA) had banned construction activities in the national capital and satellite towns during night between 6pm and 6am from October 26 to 30. The date was further extended later on as the air quality in NCR had further deteriorated. Interestingly, directions have also been issued to the officials concerned to deduct a part of the salaries of the executive engineers of Public Works Department (PWD) and other agencies if they fail to remove construction and demolition (C&D) waste and garbage from the roads under their jurisdiction.