The Parliament was informed on Thursday that, state and Union territories has collected Rs 38,514 as construction workers welfare cess, till 31st December 2017.
Labour Minister Santosh Gangwar said in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha that, out of this, Rs 9,756 crore has been spent as on December 31, 2017.
He also informed the House that under the law as many as 28,152,982 workers been registered by states and union territories.
Earlier, the Supreme Court had also inspected that about the thousands of crores rupees is lying idle.
The former Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya had also written several times to states to constitute labour welfare boards to utilise this money for the welfare of the workers.
Under the Building and Other Construction Workers (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service) Act, 1996, the cess is collected by states and Union territories and utilised for the welfare of building and other construction workers by the State Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Boards