Labor Department orders Reliance Jio to pay 77.94 lakh labor cess, notice sent to other tower companies also

Sudhir Sinha, Dhanbad: The Department of Labor Planning, Training and Skill Development has issued an order to Reliance Jio Infratel Pvt Ltd to deposit the dues of labor cess of Rs 77 lakh 94 thousand. Reliance Jio has been ordered to pay labor cess for 194 towers. Apart from this, notices were issued to ATC India, Bharti Infratel Ltd (Airtel), Indus Tower Ltd, Tower Vision and Sumit Digital Infrastructure Pvt Ltd to deposit labor cess.

Assistant Labor Commissioner Ranjit Kumar said that it is mandatory to deposit labor cess of 1 percent of the total cost in any kind of construction work. From this labor cess amount only Jharkhand Building and Construction Workers Welfare Board runs many schemes for the welfare of workers. In case of non-compliance, there is a provision of interest and penalty at the rate of 2 percent on the amount of prescribed cess.

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