Ensure dignity of living for construction workers, Puri tells builders

Expressing serious concern over the living conditions of a large number of construction workers, Union Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri today urged the builders to ensure a dignified living for them by ensuring necessary basic facilities.
Mr Puri spoke on the issue after releasing a commemorative stamp on the occasion of the 25 years of Indian Builders Congress (IBC) here.
The Minister reminded the 5,100 members of the IBC that it was their solemn responsibility to ensure decent living conditions for workers by providing facilities for cooking, bathing and toilets at construction sites under Clause 19 H of General Contract Conditions and Contract Labour (Regulation) Act.
He said the provisions were not being generally complied with, which was unacceptable. The construction workers make yeomen contribution to economic growth of the country and deserve to be treated with dignity.
Noting that the IBC aims at improving the built environment, Mr Puri said the living environment of workers at construction sites was equally important.
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. This has necessitated the Real Estate Act that was made a reality by this Government last year after eight long years it was first proposed.
He asserted that the real estate sector was finding the going bumpy but will soon settle at a new normal as all the stakeholders were working at enabling such a new normal.


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