The Government of India enacted the Building and Other Constructions Workers (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service) Act, 1996 (hereinafter referred to as the "BOCW Act"). The BOCW Act is a social welfare legislation that aims to benefit workers engaged in building and construction activities across the country. The preamble of the BOCW Act explicates the said purpose:
"An act to regulate the employment and conditions of service of building and other construction workers and to provide for their safety, health and welfare measures and for other matters connected therewith or incidental thereto."
The BOCW Act was formed over a period of 10 years, through collective inputs and campaigning from the Government, Legal advisory and the unorganised sector workers.
This video is in accordance with the series of reports produced by Video Volunteers in collaboration with Nirmana, an ngo working for the rights of workers in unorganised sector of Delhi.
Over the next few weeks, Video Volunteers will be highlighting different aspects of the Nirmana reports on construction Workers, skills training of rescued women and need for legislation securing domestic workers rights.
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