It’s time to inspect construction sites

THE Ministry of Labour and Social Affair decision to approve labour visas to construction companies only if they come up with new projects should go a long way in curbing the menace of trading in labour visas. Of late, illegal trading in visas has been going on unchecked, and this measure is in the right direction to curb such malpractices.


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Published: Sun 29 May 2005, 10:51 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 3:54 PM

Construction companies, which had brought in labourers, were often found turning a blind eye to old employees working in other companies, though officially they were still under the sponsorship of the original company. This practice has been rampant in companies willing to allow its workers to work for other firms if the workers were willing to relinquish certain entitlements like gratuity.

The ministry, which has been making all efforts to curb such malpractices and irregularities by implementing stringent measures and action, has moved in the right direction with this regulation. But, a lot more needs to be done to check illegal trading in visas. The need of the hour is, therefore, inspection of construction sites by ministry officials to spot illegal workers to prevent violation of Labour Law. Only a firm handling of the situation can check the increasing number of illegal labourers in the country.

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