Bhubaneswar, November 29 (LocalWire): The poor utilisation of Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Fund (BOCWWF) has hampered the welfare projects and measures earmarked for the workers’ community in Odisha.
According to the latest audit report of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG), while the collection of labour cess grew three-fold during the last three years, its utilisation for the welfare of the labour-class people remained abysmal.
The objective of BOCWWF is to extend the benefits of welfare measures to the registered beneficiaries engaged in building and other construction works.
The report pointed out that the collection of labour cess rose up by 42.26 per cent, up from Rs 168.90 crore in 2013-14 to Rs 240.13 crore in 2017-18.
“However the percentage of utilisation of fund ranged from 1.33 per cent in 2013-14 to 27.77 per cent in 2017-18,” the report stated.
“Due to poor utilisation of the funds, the objectives of collecting Labour Cess are not being achieved,” the CAG report stated.
Odisha Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board chairman Subhash Singh, however, pointed out that though the CAG audit has found under-utilisation of funds for 2017-18 period, things have moved towards better since then.
“The cess collection has, in the meanwhile, increased to Rs 447 crore.
The board has judiciously spent the fund towards housing scheme and extending educational benefits towards the children of these workers,” he said.
Singh, however, refused to reveal the percentage of BOCWWF spent during the last one year.