Maharashtra's Bombay Labour Welfare Fund Act-1953 was extended
to the NCT of Delhi with effect from 15.12.1986 and the rules
were formulated in the year 1997. However, there was no progress
during the intervening 11 years towards implementation of
the welfare activities for which purpose the Act was extended.
Despite constitution of the Delhi Labour Welfare Board in
the year 1998, no activity was initiated. It was only in January
2002, that the "Delhi Labour Welfare Board" was
reconstituted vide Notification no. F.9(1)/89/DLC/W/36 dated
17.01.2002 under the provision of the "Bombay Labour
Welfare Fund Act-1953. Subsequent to the election of the undersigned
as Chairman of the Board, at the meeting held on 28.01.2002,
the said Board has come into existence and has started functioning
with immediate effect.
The Welfare activities of the Labour Deptt.
of Delhi for the benefit of industrial workers have been restricted
to the operation of eight Labour Welfare Centers located in
- Dalit Basti, Balmiki Mandir, Reading Road,
- Kamla Nagar,
- Giri Nagar
- Vishwakarma Nagar
- Pandav Nagar and
- Nimri Colony
and four holiday homes in :
- Shimla and
Out of these four holiday homes, three are
functional and that at Shimla is yet to start functioning.
The newly constituted Delhi Labour Welfare
Board has already initiated the process of speedy and prompt
implementation of Labour Welfare Schemes based on Bhagidari
principles which would benefit 20 lakhs families of the working
class employed in various establishment and factories all
over Delhi. The Board will implement the following identified
schemes and the same have been included in the 10th Five Year
|The Act empowers the Board to defray
expenditure on the following :-
- Community and social education centers including reading
rooms and libraries;
- Community necessities;
- Games and sports;
- Excursions, tours and holiday homes;
- Entertainment and other forms of recreation;
- Home industries and subsidiary occupations for women
and unemployed persons;
- Corporate activities of a social nature;
- Such other objects as would in the opinion of the Administrator
improve the standard of living and ameliorate the social
conditions of the labour.
In order to cater to the welfare of the workers, the Board
decided to enlarge the perspective of the said objectives,
within the statutory requirement of the Act by promulgating
the following schemes, which have been approved under the
10th Five Year Plan 2002-2007, on the lines of Bhagidari Scheme
of the Govt. of NCT of Delhi.
Running of mobile crèches at
construction sites, urban slums and industrial belts in
NCT of Delhi. These crèches will support and cater
to children upto three years of age.
Establishment of Early Child-Care Education
(ECCE) centres for children in the age group 3-6 years.
These centres will also play an important role as school
preparedness programme for children. At the age of six
years children can join the main school. The research
studies in ECCE show that children, who attend ECCE centers
do well in the formal schools.
Establishment of maternal and child
health-care services for the welfare of workers and their
families in NCT of Delhi.
Establishment of mobile schools to cover
children in the age group 6-11 years for primary schooling
(classes I-V) at construction sites, urban slums and near
industrial belts in the NCT of Delhi for the welfare of
the labour force and their children.
Setting up of vocational training centers
to be run from the Welfare Centers to provide training
to workers and their family members in tailoring, embroidery,
knitting, book binding, chalk and candle making, beauty
culture, midwifery, training for women in first aid, computer
courses, motor winding, rearing of electrical gadgets,
plumbing, bakery, cookery, making of pickles, papad and
condiments, bag making, pottery etc.
Performance of mass marriages and community
festivals and ceremonies to save them from the clutches
of money lenders. This scheme would minimize the financial
burden and save the families from falling into debt trap.
Launching of general awareness programmes
about educational courses and availability of scholarship,
avenues of employment laws relating to Labour Welfare,
safety and social security, traffic and regulations, health,
hygiene and environment.
Preventive and rehabilitative programmes
to create awareness about communicable diseases like AIDS
Gender sensitization training and legal
awareness programmes for the workers and opinion of leaders
of the local community related to women.
Awareness about worker's education,
rights and duties of citizens to help them emerge as better
citizens and to ensure their participation for overall
development of the nation.
Cultural awareness programmes about
the rich and varied culture of the secular nation to the
workers and their families.
Awareness and sensitization about social
justice and human rights to the workers and their families.
Awareness campaigns about the evils
of alcoholism, drug abuse and gambling for the mutual
benefit of the workers' families and the employers.
Programmes to prevent communal tensions
Income generation programmes, household
budgeting and planning for the workers and their families.
Formation of self-help groups which
will enable the workers and their families to be self
sufficient to a greater extent through the formation of
thrift and credit societies and housing schemes.
Emergency medical services at the welfare
centers as well as running of mobile medical services
through medical vans and small community based medical
units or health centers for Heart care, Dental, Eye care,
HIV, Hepatitis and General Health checkup.
Social security and group insurance
schemes for long term benefit of organized and unorganized
workers and their families.
Rehabilitation of child labour, provision
of opportunity for education and a safe, secure and healthy
Opening of blood banks in collaboration
with Indian Red Cross Society, Govt. hospitals and NGOs,
to ensure storage and supply of pure and safe blood for
the immediate need of the working class.
Legal aid cell to provide free legal
aid and guidance to the workers and their families.
Establishment of community/Welfare/Rehabilitation
Centers for old age workers and orphans where leisure
activities, educational activities as well as training
programmes for income generation will be organized for
self-sufficiency. These centers will serve as Multi purpose
centers to promote all round development of the community
and its members.
Establishment of recreational centers
with games and sports facilities for the workers and their
families to relieve the stress of daily life and promote
healthy living through physical well being.
Establishment of reading room and library
facilities for recreational and educational upliftment.
Construction of 'Workers' Housing Scheme'
in different industrial areas of Delhi.