The Contract Labour (Regulation and Abolition) Act, 1970 (“CLRA”) was enacted 50 years ago to regulate the working conditions of contract labour and ensure payment of wages and provision of basic amenities to them. Time has shown that the CLRA fails to provide even basic protections to the class of workers that it seeks to protect. For instance, requiring contractors to provide welfare facilities, such as restrooms and canteens, for contract labour at the principal employer’s establishment, at their own cost, is impractical and, therefore, ineffective.
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by Minu Dwivedi & Shreya Chowdhary