Section 15

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Poor standards of accommodation

Under section 15, employers are required to provide and maintain housing accommodation for every worker and his or her family residing in the plantation, as well as every worker and their families residing outside the plantation after six months of continuous service in such plantation who has expressed a desire in writing to reside in the plantation.

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Section 15.Housing facilities. —

It shall be the duty of every employer to provide and maintain necessary housing accommodation-

(a)For every worker (including his family) residing in the plantation;

(b)For every worker (including his family) residing outside the plantation, who has put in six months of continuous service in such plantation and who has expressed a desire in writing to reside in the plantation:

Provided that the requirement of continuous service of six months under this clause shall not apply to a worker who is a member of the family, of a deceased worker who, immediately before his death, was residing in the plantation.

Law /India / Plantation Labour Act, 1951

The Plantation Labour Act, 1951 was introduced with the aims of ensuring the welfare of labourers in plantations and to regulate the conditions of work in the plantation industry. The Act applies to any land used or intended to be used for growing tea, coffee, rubber, cinchona, cocoa, palm oil or cardamom which measures five hectares or more and in which 15 or more persons are or were employed on any day during the preceding 12 months. The Act also covers workers employed in offices, hospitals, dispensaries, schools, balwadis (pre-schools) and crèches, etc., in the plantations but it does not apply to those factory premises to which the provisions of the Factories Act, 1948 applies.