Unify activities of welfare boards: Minister

Labour Minister Shibu Baby John has sought the cooperation of officials for tapping the full potential of the Department.

Addressing a joint meeting of top officials of the department and chief executives of various workers' welfare fund boards here on Saturday, he said it should be possible to make the department one which worked for the benefit of the working class.

He added that a comprehensive labour policy would soon be implemented through the department. He wanted the activities of the workers' welfare fund boards to be modernised and implemented in a manner beneficial to workers and their families.

The activities of various welfare funds should be unified.

He called for a new approach in the implementation of labour welfare schemes and wanted all boards to come up with new schemes which could be implemented during the first 100 days of the new government.

Labour Secretary Anil Xavier and Labour Commissioner C. Reghu were among those who attended the meeting.

Termination of service

The Minister sent a fax message to Union Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs Vayalar Ravi on Saturday seeking his intervention in the case of the termination of service of Dency Sebastian, who hails from Kottayam, from the post of nurse by the Health Ministry of Saudi Arabia for no reason. He pointed out that she was recruited through Overseas Development and Employment Promotion Consultants Ltd. (ODEPC-a company fully owned by the Government of Kerala focussing on manpower recruitment) after an interview in that country. Her services were terminated after five months even though the agreement was for one year.

The ODEPC took up the matter several times with the Saudi Arabian authorities but there was no progress in the case.

The situation warranted the Overseas Indian Affairs Ministry's intervention. He added that he expected all help and assistance from the Centre in settling the issue.

  • Cooperation of officials sought

  • Call for new labour welfare schemes