Bhubaneswar, Feb 13: East Coast Railway (ECoR) has taken strict action against a contractor who has deployed labourers without giving minimum wages to them.
The vigilance wing of ECoR during investigation found that the contractor was not providing minimum wages and taking back money after giving the wages. The same contractor was keeping the ATM cards of the labourers and was withdrawing part of the money after depositing the full salary in their bank accounts.
During the investigation, it was also found that the labourers engaged by the contractor for cleaning purpose were not being paid the minimum wages as per the Government stipulations and Minimum Wages Act.
After the inspection, officials realised Rs 15.51 lakhs from the contractor ie- Rs10.96 lakhs towards non-payment of minimum wages and Rs 4.55 lakhs towards non-deployment of required machinery from the contractual bills. Officials said that further action to disburse the due amount to labourers is in process.
“This is an important case highlighting action in case of non-payment of stipulated amount under Minimum Wages Act. Railways would be taking strict action in all such reported cases. For sharing such type of information, Railway Vigilance Helpline Number 8455885031 can be used by public for registering complaints, airing grievances and giving constructive suggestions. Railways will file suitable criminal cases in case of such actions by contractors in future cases,” said an official.