ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Gross Negligence AMONG the most vulnerable and poor segments of the unorganised sector working class is the building and construction industry workers. Apart from the general absence of job security, as well as the irregularity and seasonal nature of the jobs, most construction workers have to move from place to place seeking construction sites. The living conditions of the families of construction workers are appalling. Except for the Minimum Wages Act, 1948 under which the government of India is responsible for the fixation and revision of minimum wages in 'construction of roads or in building operations' as one of the 40 scheduled employments notified under the act, there is hardly any law which aims at regulating the employment and conditions of service of workers in this important and growing area of economic activity. Interestingly, it is now revealed that even the enforcement of the Minimum Wages Act by the authorities is mostly directed towards establishments possessing a licence or registration under the Contract Labour (Registration and Abolition) Act, 1970; establishments operating without the requisite registration or licence for carrying on business with contract labour, those not covered by the Contract Labour Act and a large number of unauthorised and clandestine constructions hardly receive the attention of the enforcement authorities.

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