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The petition claimed that upon receipt of said letter on October 26, 2021, the petitioner submitted all documents including marriage certificate and photographs as proof of marriage.

The Delhi High Court on Friday issued a notice to the Delhi Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board (DBOCWWB) regarding an application by a construction worker who applied for financial assistance for his daughter’s marriage in 2017.

It is stated that even after five years of his daughter’s marriage, the petitioner is still awaiting a decision on his application. It is alleged that Board officials are now requiring his daughter’s marriage certificate to decide on his application, in violation of the Board’s own rule.

Judge Yashwant Varma issued a notice to the Board and other defendants in a plea by Banwari Lal. The court has scheduled the matter for September 5, 2022.

The petitioner brought the lawsuit through attorney Chirayu Jain, who stated that the Board provides financial assistance to construction workers for the marriage of family members under Rule 282 of the Delhi Construction and Other Construction Workers Rules 2002. The petitioner had applied for financial support for his daughter’s marriage in 2017.

Attorney Shyel Trehan, counsel for the petitioner, argued that five years later, the committee officials had not made a decision on the petitioner’s application. Now they insist on a marriage certificate, which is against the rules of procedure.

It is argued that nowhere in the Building and Other Construction Workers (BOCW) Act and the Delhi BOCW Rules is it mentioned that the claim application cannot be processed without a copy of the marriage certificate.

The petition states that on October 14, 2021, Board officials issued a letter pursuant to an order of April 27, 2020 of the Delhi High Court on a separate matter to settle all pending applications for financial assistance. Officials asked the petitioner to provide a copy of the marriage certificate as proof of marriage.

The petition claimed that upon receipt of said letter on October 26, 2021, the petitioner submitted all documents including marriage certificate and photographs as proof of marriage.

The attorney argued that board officials now require the daughter’s marriage certificate, which violates the board’s own rule. The said rule provides that the officer will not insist on a marriage certificate to settle the application.

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