CWG: Labour comm has record of workers’ deaths

Transfers RTI query to chief inspector of factories


Danish Raza | September 27, 2010

Office of the Labour Commissioner, Delhi, does not have any record of the cases in which laborers were injured or died while working on Commonwealth Games sites. The Labour Commissioner’s office has informed this in reply to RTI application filed in August.

The query sought details including the number of accident cases at the CWG sites, number of cases where the laborers got injured or died, name and address of these workers and amount of compensation paid to them.

The Labours Commissioner’s office transferred the application to Anil Kumar, Chief Inspector, Factories and not to the district labour office keeps all the details of such cases.

“No record related to death and injuries of workers is available with us,” says the reply to the RTI application filed on August 12 by Indrajeet Jha of People’s Union of Democratic Rights (PUDR), a Delhi based civil society organization.

“This is bizarre. The department where the RTI application was transferred has nothing to do with Commonwealth Games,” said Moushumi Das of PUDR.
Interestingly, the same office has earlier submitted in Delhi High Court that as per its records, at least 48 workers have died on CWG sites and it has given more than Rs one crore as compensation.

However, the affidavit given to the court, a copy of which is with Governance Now, does not mention the list of workers and details which were asked in the RTI query.

The RTI application was filed to get more details of the beneficiaries of the compensation.




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