The High Court warned the Labour Department that it will initiate action against it for its laxity in the enrolment of unregistered workers.
Hearing a suo motu petition, the court had earlier directed the department to inform it about the steps taken to enrol unregistered construction workers in the State. The amicus curiae submitted that there are over 20 lakh construction workers in the State, of whom only 3.4 lakh were registered with the department.
Appearing for the government, the Labour Secretary submitted that the department is unable to initiate any measures to enrol unregistered construction workers as many posts in the Department are vacant.
Unsatisfied with the explanation, the Division Bench headed by Chief Justice D H Waghela asked, “What was the department doing since the Building and Other Construction Workers’ Welfare Cess Act was enacted in 1996?”.
Bank Case: RBI’s Stand in Sought
The High Court on Monday directed the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to specify its stand on taking over the crisis-hit Amanath Bank and repaying its depositors.
A group of depositors of Amanath Bank had approached the court to request it to intervene in ensuring the repayment of their money. The bank reportedly owes an estimated `430 crore to its depositors.
Counsel for the RBI submitted that the bank was deliberating the takeover of Amanath Bank and sought more time to spell out its stance.
The next hearing of the matter has been posted for December 18.
Hearing on Cane Price Adjourned
The High Court adjourned a writ petition filed by Renuka Sugars, requesting the court to direct the State government to reconsider the minimum support price of sugarcane.
The government had recently decided on `2,500 per tonne of sugarcane procured in the State. Justice A S Bopanna directed the registry to club the petition with similar matters and post it for hearing on Wednesday.