The Haryana Government has enacted the legislations namely "The Punjab Labour Welfare Fund Act, 1965" with the object to provide for the constitution of a Fund for the financing of activities to promote welfare of labour in the State of Punjab and for conducting such activities and for certain other purposes.
FRAMING OF RULES:
The Haryana Government has framed the Rules, namely "the Punjab Labour Welfare Fund Rules,1966 under the Punjab Labour Welfare Fund Act, 1965."
AUTHORITIES UNDER THE ACT:
The State Government in Labour Department has appointed the Labour Commissioner, Additional Labour Commissioner (Admn.) and NCR, Joint Labour Commissioner, Deputy Labour Commissioner, Labour Officers-cum-Conciliation Officers, Welfare Officer (Women), Labour Inspectors of Labour Department, Haryana and Deputy Labour Commissioner (Welfare), Labour Welfare Officer and Labour Inspectors (Welfare) of the Haryana Labour Welfare Board have been appointed as "Inspectors" under section 15 of the Act of 1966 vide State Government notifications dated 13th January, 2006, 18th October, 2007 and 29th April, 2011.
CONSTITUTION OF BOARD:
The State Government establish and constitute the Haryana Labour Welfare Board under section 4 of the Punjab Labour Welfare Fund Act, 1965 and Rules made thereunder. The matter for constitution of Board is under consideration at State Government level.
FUNCTIONS OF BOARD:
WELFARE SCHEMES :-
The Board frames welfare schemes under section 10 of the aforesaid Act for the workers working in the Industrial and Commercial establishments having 10 or more workers during the preceding 12 months. The details of schemes alongwith format for submitting of application under different schemes.
AWARENESS OF WELFARE SCHEMES :
To bring more and more awareness amongst the employers and the workers about the provisions of the Punjab Labour Welfare Fund Act, 1965 and Rules made thereunder, the display Boards / hoardings containing the provisions alongwith the welfare schemes of Haryana Labour Welfare Board have been installed at the important places in the State of Haryana besides entrance gates of establishments and advertisements in newspapers are also released from time to time on different occasions. In addition to above the field machinery of the Board as well as the Labour Department, Haryana sanitized the workers about the welfare measures run by the Board during their visits and inspections in the establishments for this purpose.
COLLECTION OF REVENUE:
The sources of receipt of revenue of Board is as under:-
a) Contribution from employees and employers
Under section 9-A the provision of rate of contribution from the employees working in the Industrial Establishments of Haryana State and Employers is as under:-
Effective date of contribution
Rate of contribution from employees (per month)
Rate of contribution from employers (per month)
Total Contribution (per month)
April - 2007
April - 2012
b) Unpaid accumulations from employers :
Under section 3 and 9 of the Punjab Labour Welfare Fund Act, 1965, any payment due to an employee but remaining unpaid with the employer for a period of two years including wages, bonus, gratuity etc. is to be transferred by the management to the Board. The Board invites claims from employees by making advertisement in two regional languages newspapers of the State continuously for two years in the month of December and by exhibiting the details of amounts on notice board of the concerned establishment in which unpaid accumulations was earned by the employee. If a claim is received within a period of four years from the date of first publication of the notice in respect of such claim, the claim is allowed to the employee concerned and in all other cases where claims are not received, the amount involved becomes abandoned property / Revenue of the Board.
c) Voluntary Donations:-
Sometimes donations from various Donors are also received in the Board through cheques /demand drafts.
d) Fines and Interest imposed on employers:-
Section 3 (4) (5) of the Punjab Labour Welfare Fund Act, 1965 contains provisions for payments of penalties and interests for not complying with the provisions of the Act.
e) Interest on Investments :-
The revenue receipt is invested by the Board in fixed deposits on higher rates by inviting of interest rates from different banks which also forms part of the Board's funds.