‘Govt to extend Rs 2 Lakh insurance cover to entire workforce including those in unorganized sector’

Srinagar, Oct 17: Lieutenant Governor Manoj issued directions to extend Rs Two Lakh insurance cover to entire workforce including those in the unorganized sector. The premium of the insurance would be borne by the Department of Labour and Employment.

Sinha chaired a review meeting of Labour & Employment Department today at the Civil Secretariat.

Government is committed for social and economic justice to workforce in the unorganised sector and every effort are being made to protect the interest of labour, their welfare, necessary skill development to improve the capability, the Lt Governor said.

Appraising the function of the department, the Lt Governor stressed that dedicated efforts be made to saturate self employment schemes, and asked the department for organizing a mega job fair each at Jammu & Srinagar.

Enquiring about the steps put in place by the department to ensure there is no Bonded Labour & Child labour case in J&K, the Lt Governor asked the Department to ensure J&K is free from Bonded labour and Child labour by regular inspections and conducting surveys. He directed for starting a help line for unorganised workforce.

“Department must ensure there is no case of exploitation of unorganized workers. Proper employment planning and flexibility in labour deployment in the backdrop of changing market conditions should be the priority,” said the Lt Governor.

The Lt Governor impressed upon the senior officers of the Labour and Employment Department for the welfare & support of the unorganized workforce and their children.

“Health, safety and social security benefits like financial assistance should be top priority. Department should also ensure that all possible assistance for children’s education and scholarships is extended within a fixed timeline,” the Lt Governor directed the officers.

The Lt Governor directed the department for registration of the entire unorganized workforce and transition of all accounts of J&K EPFO to Central EPFO at the earliest.

Industries in the UT should employ local skilled workforce and trained ITI professionals. Department should carry out assessment of career counseling sessions every six months, the Lt Governor said to the officers.

Directions were also issued to activate labour sarais (night shelters), their proper functioning and completing the under construction shelters at the earliest; resolving all 974 pending Court Cases under various Labour Acts in stipulated time frame and conducting regular meetings of Advisory Boards pertaining to Labour and Employment Department, besides proper functioning of ESI Scheme.

Dr Arun Kumar Mehta, Chief Secretary; Munir Ul Islam, Chief Executive Officer/Secretary, J&K Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board; Nisar Ahmad Wani, Director Employment, J&K; Abdul Rashid War, Labour Commissioner Jammu and Kashmir, besides other concerned officers of the department were present.

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