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Report on Metro workers’ plight sought

Published: 06th June 2013 11:31 AM  |   Last Updated: 06th June 2013 11:31 AM   |  A+A-

The Deputy Chief Labour Commissioner (Central) has filed an additional affidavit before the High Court on Wednesday in connection with PIL on grave violations in living and working conditions of contract labourers related to construction work on the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) Project in the city.

A division bench of Chief Justice D H Waghela and Justice B V Nagarathna directed him to file a further report on their living and working conditions. The bench also sought an action taken report on the petition filed by Samuel Sathyaseelan seeking directions to state and Central governments and BMRCL to improve the living, safety and working conditions of the Metro labourers.

The Deputy Chief Labour Commissioner (Central) submitted that a team had visited all Metro construction sites in the city. These include Navayuga Engineering and Gammon India Limited near NGF Bus Stand on Old Madras Road, URC Constructions and IVRCL near Byappanahalli Railway Station and Punj Lloyd Sembawang India behind Suguna Hospital on Rajkumar Road, Rajajinagar.

He said the team of officials visited these sites on various dates to ascertain their present status and facilities provided by contractors. Directions have been issued to improve the conditions of these camps for the betterment of the workers in accordance with provisions.

Meanwhile, the counsel representing BMRCL said there has been no violations on the part of the company. The PIL alleged that thousands of workers, a majority of whom are migrants from Orissa, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Bihar, UP and West Bengal, are employed for the Metro rail project and there were grave violations of their rights.

Notice to Seer

The High Court on Wednesday issued notice to the state government and Raghavendra Bharathi Swamiji of Ramachandrapura Mutt in Hosanagara in connection with PIL accusing him of purchasing agricultural land in violation of the Karnataka Land Reforms Act.

A division bench of Chief Justice D H Waghela and Justice B V Nagarathna issued notice on a petition filed by Chinthamani Upadya and others of Gokarna in Uttara Kannada district.

The counsel representing the petitioners submitted that as per Section 79A of the Karnataka Land Reforms Act, 1961, the non-agricultural income of a purchaser, who must be an agriculturist, should not exceed `2 lakh per year. But here Bharathi Swamiji has more than `2 lakh income per year and purchased land by violating the rules.

He further submitted that Bharathi Swamiji also purchased 12.32 acres in Gokarna worth `12.65 lakh and another piece of land worth `6.30 lakh in 2009. They further sought directions to cancel the registration of the land in Bharathi Swamiji’s name and action against deputy tahsildar and deputy commissioner for not verifying facts in the case.

Notice on Belgaum Varsity Appointments

Bangalore: The High Court on Wednesday ordered notices to the state government and Rani Chennamma University in Belgaum following PIL challenging the appointments of the Registrar (Administration) and Registrar (Evaluation) of the University.

A division Bench of Chief Justice D H Waghela and Justice B V Nagarathna passed the order on the PIL filed by Raghvendra Joshi alleging that the appointment of Dr Vishnukanth Chatpalli as Registrar (Administration) and Prof Janardhan as Registrar (Evaluation) of the university was illegal.

The counsel representing Joshi said, Chatpalli was appointed Registrar (Administration) just 42 days after he became a professor.

This is a violation of norms and the same is the case with Janardhan, he said. He further sought the cancellation of their appointments and fresh appointment of suitable candidates for the posts.  ENS

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