The West Bengal government set up a wage board for the jute industry over the weekend hoping to avert thereby the perennial problem of industrial disputes over hikes in wages and payment of statutory liabilities, often found to be in arrears in the 100-year-old industry. The jute industry in West Bengal went through one of its longest strikes lasting 61 days earlier this year over these issues, affecting over 2.5 lakh workers directly engaged in the industry.

Labour Minister Anadi Sahu told journalists that the Board would be headed by a former Judge, Pradipta Roy, with representation from the mill-owners and the trade unions. There would be altogether seven members, he said.