FACILITIES ADMISSIBLE UNDER INTERSTATE MIGRANT’S WORKMEN ACT, 1979

By- Diksha Gupta

Section 15 of the Act states the Journey allowance payable to the migrant worker. A remittance of at least the cost from the residence of the labourer in his State to the workplace in the other State must be paid by the contractor, both for the outward and return passages and alongside this the workman is considered to be at work even though he is in such journeys, he is entitled for the payment of wages for the said period.

Section 14 states that the displacement allowance has to be paid to every migrant by the contractor at the time of recruitment. An allowance equal to 50% of the monthly wages or Rs. 75, whichever is higher, has to be paid. This amount is non-refundable and is paid in addition to the wages payable to him.

Section 13 accommodates the wage rates and conditions of services of inter-State migrant workmen. It states as follows:

(1) The holiday hours of work, pay rates and other conditions of service of an inter-State migrant workman shall,

(a) be same to that of any other worker in the establishment performing similar nature of duties as that of the migrant worker.

b) or as the case may be, prescribed by the appropriate Government:

It is further stated that every migrant worker has to be paid at least the wages fixed under the Minimum Wages Act, 1948.

(2) The wages payable under this section has to be paid in cash.

Section 16 provides some other facilities that are provided to the migrant workers. It states that it is the obligation of a contractor, who is employing inter-State migrant workman for work,

(a) To look after regular imbursement of wages to such labourers;

(b) To protect equivalent pay for equal work regardless of gender;

(c) to safeguard proper working conditions to such workmen taking into consideration the fact that the workman is required to work in a State different from their own State;

(d) To provide suitable residential place to such workmen in the course of their employment.

(e) To make available the prescribed health check facilities to the workers, free of cost;

(f) To provide such shielding clothing to the employees as may be prescribed; and

(g) In case of any lethal mishap or serious bodily injury to any such labourer, to report to the predefined authorities of both the States and furthermore the closest relative of the workman.

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