Bocw, in Odisha, is a special form of Workmen Act. The full form of Bocw is as follows – BOCW ACT. Why is Bocw not amended in its present form? The draft Bill has to be sent to the concerned ministries by the appropriate authorities. The same is followed in the Odisha Building and Other Construction Workers’ Welfare Board. So, the Committee members have sent the draft to the ministry of Labour and Employment for the last two and half years.
So far, there has been no reply from the ministry. The Committee has forwarded a copy of the bill to the Commissioner of Labour and Employment. However, till date there has been no response from the concerned authority. The bill has been pending with the Commissioner for the last two and half years. There has been no information from the Commissioner.
What does the Odisha Building and Other Construction Workers’ Welfare Board do? BOCW Full Form
The Odisha Building and Other Construction Workers’ Welfare Board’s principal function is to register building and construction workers,to regulate the conditions and wages of construction workers,to advise the State Government,to act as the State’s Advisory Body in matters relating to regulations of Contract Labour & Safety in Building and Other Construction Works and to take such actions as are authorized under this Act,etc.
So,we can see that they also cater to matters pertaining to Construction Workers’ wages,labour welfare,safety in workplaces and Regulation of Contract Labour & Safety in Building & Other Construction Works. Odisha Building and Other Construction Workers’ Welfare Board How to Apply for Membership? 1.
How was the Odisha Building and Other Construction Workers’ Welfare Board constituted? BOCW Full Form
BUD is a statutory body constituted for the welfare of Building & Other Construction Workers in the state of Odisha under the building and other construction (RE&CS) Act,1993.The board consists of Chairman, 2 Members from the Mining Industry and two other members from the Construction Industry in every State of Odisha and is managed by a chairman and a secretary.
What are the rights of the BOCW Board? All the Governmental Departments under the Building and Other Construction (RE&CS) Act,1993, shall come under the purview of the BOCW Board. The Odisha Building & Other Construction Workers Welfare Board is empowered to enquire into any offence or infraction on the part of any individual of the BOCW Act, 1993.
Who are the members of the Odisha Building and Other Construction Workers’ Welfare Board?
Members of the Board include: Chairman:Dinesh Chandra Mishra Member Secretary:Prafulla Mishra Members:Debendra Kumar Jena Sandip Das Ananta Jena The members of the Board are appointed on pleasure by the Government of Odisha. The main objective of the Board is to protect the interest of the workers engaged in construction activities and provide safety and health services. BOCW Full Form.
The members of the Board also act as the representative of the Odisha government. The Board is responsible for the welfare and well being of the workers engaged in construction activities and for promoting, organizing, propagating and safeguarding the interests of the construction workers and employing them. It also organizes them in trade unions, for effective control over their working conditions.
How often is the Odisha Building and Other Construction Workers’ Welfare Board reconstituted?
In its entire history, the Board has only been reconstituted twice.
(i) The first time when the Act was enacted, the maximum tenure for a Vice-Chairperson was 5 years. The tenure of Vice Chairman was shortened by one year to be 4 years, when the State Legislative Assembly passed the Odisha Building and Other Construction Workers’ Welfare (Amendment) Act, 2002.
(ii) As per its amended statute, the term of the Vice Chairman was again extended from 4 years to 7 years. Accordingly, on 02.06.2014, it was re-constituted with the following members : Name of Member : Dr. Bijayshankar Deo, Secretary, Govt.
Conclusion: BOCW Full Form
Decisions of the Supreme Court in the HCC(C)-Peeveda and (Keegan) vs.(Sikkil) have recognized the significance of representation at the highest level in the construction industry. It should be ensured that every worker is treated as a self-sufficient individual. Unfortunately, there have been instances where workers are not even informed about their rights and basic amenities.
Other than the representation, I urge all the law-abiding builders in the state to comply with the directives issued by the state government regarding house ownership. The writer is General Secretary, Odisha Labour Party. The views expressed are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters Foundation.