Poor standards of accommodation
Under section 34, employers are required to provide, free of charge and within the work site or as near as possible, adequate temporary living accommodation to all building workers employed by him for such period as the building or other construction work is in progress.
Apart from the very basic provisions set out in section 34(2) regarding accommodation, the Act does not prescribe any additional standards of living for temporary accommodation. Other labour legislations in India (e.g. The Inter-State Migrant Workers (Regulation of Employment) Act, 1979 and The Beedi and Cigar Workers (Conditions of Employment) Act, 1966) do set out slightly higher standards of living conditions for workers.
Section 34. Accommodation.
(1) The employer shall provide, free of charges and within the work site or as near to it as may be possible temporary living accommodation to all building workers employed by him for such period as the building or other construction work is in progress.
(2) The temporary accommodation provided under sub-section (1) shall have separate cooking place bathing, washing and lavatory facilities.
(3) As soon as may be, after the building or other construction work is over, the employer shall, at his own cost, cause removal or demolition of the temporary structures erected by him for the purpose of providing living accommodation cooking place or other facilities to the building workers as required under sub-section (1), and restore the ground in good level and clean condition.
(4) In case an employer is given, any land by a Municipal Board or, any other local authority for the purposes of providing temporary, accommodation for the building workers under this section, he shall as soon as may be, after the construction work is over, return the possession of such land in the same condition in which he received the same.
Law /India / Building and Other Construction Workers (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service) Act, 1996
The Building and Other Construction Workers (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service) Act, 1996 regulates the conditions of employment, occupational safety and payment of wages, for persons employed in the building and construction sector.