Building and Road Workers Federation (INTUC) has called upon the government to reconstitute the Building Construction Workers Board as the existing Board was inactive and incapable of addressing the issues of the 15 lakh members enrolled in the Board.
State president of the Federation A C Jose said that applications for new membership, pensions and other benefits have accumulated in the Board offices and pending for clearance.
He pointed out that despite repeated statements by the incumbent chairman of the Board that there would be increase in the benefits to be given to the members, noting has been done for the last two years.
He alleged that the chairman was ridiculing the INTUC leaders who questioned the lapses of the Board.
He called for timely hike in the benefits of the members of the Welfare Board. He said it was regrettable that the Finance Minister also neglected the plight of the construction workers in the state budget.
He said that it was a long-pending demand that construction sector also should be treated as industry and construction workers should be given the same benefits being given to the industrial workers.
He demanded that ESI facility should be provided to the workers.