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AAP In Soup: Investigation Finds That Millions Were Swindled From Construction Workers

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AAP In Soup: Investigation Finds That Millions Were Swindled From Construction Workers

The AAP government in Delhi could face more difficulties as a result of a potential can of worms being opened by an early probe into the operation of the Delhi Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board.

According to sources, between 2018 and 2021, the government registered 9 lakh individuals as construction employees. 2 lakh of those employees’ names seem to be made up and simply exist on paper.

While 15,747 names share the same local home address, 65,000 names have the same cellphone number.

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Amid Covid, the Delhi government had unveiled a plan to assist the construction workers in getting by during the total lockdown. They were to have a deposit of Rs 5,000 made into their accounts. Repeating this exercise multiple times,

Occasionally under the guise of stopping building because the capital’s air quality is getting worse.

More recently, as it outlawed construction operations, the AAP administration announced a deposit of Rs 5,000 in the accounts of more than 10 lakh construction employees in Delhi. According to a statement from the Delhi government, the initiative will cost roughly Rs 500 crores.

The plan is now being investigated for financial irregularities and the theft of millions of dollars in the name of worker welfare as a result of the recent revelation.

In response to the accusations, the BJP attacked the AAP administration.

Sambit Patra, the national spokesperson for the BJP, referred to it as the worst corruption case in India for construction employees.

He said that three NGOs working for construction workers had complained about multiple registrations and claimed that using proxies resulted in significant corruption throughout the registration process.

Patra said that the Delhi administration had diverted funds intended for the benefit of construction workers and utilised them for projects associated with the AAP.

Construction workers’ registration and welfare programmes fall under the purview of the Delhi Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board, a division of the city government’s Labor department.

The 3,000 crore rupee corpus fund for this year belongs to the board established under Manish Sisodia.

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