To the best of my information, the latest amendment to the BOCW Act, 1996 was made in 2012. Through my brief research, I find that this amendment was made to streamline and regulate the process of registration of construction workers. The hope is that the amendments will facilitate squicker implementation of the BOCW Act, 1996 as well as the Building and Other Construction Workers’ Welfare Cess Act, 1996 by the Central and the State Governments.
The provisions in the Amendment are given below :
1. Empower the Central Government to specify the maximum cost of construction by notification, in place of the present limit of Rs.10 lakh, which shall fall within the definition of establishment under the BOCW (RECS) Act.
2. The prerequisite condition of engagement of ninety days for registration of workers under the BOCW (RECS) Act is proposed to be done away with. Moreover, in order to extend benefits to the workers, who are engaged in building and construction work after attaining the age of sixty years, the criteria of upper age limit of sixty years is proposed to be done away with.
3. To empower the Central Government to notify such percentage of total expenditure, in place of existing 5 percent during the financial year, for meeting administrative expenses by the State Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board.
4. To empower Central Government to appoint such number of Director Generals not exceeding 10 to coordinate with the Central Government in carrying out its responsibility of laying down the standard of inspection and to exercise the power of an inspector.
5. To empower the State Governments to file complaints for contravention of provisions of the Act.
6. To prescribe a time limit of 30 days for cess collecting authorities to deposit cess to the State Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board.
7. To constitute a Committee consisting of Secretary (Labour), Secretary (Finance), Secretary (Planning) and Secretary (Social Welfare) of the State for performing the functions of the State Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board till such time a Board is formally constituted by the State Government.
I am attaching the BOCW Act, 1996 (amended) for your reference.
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