KARNATAKA

Govt. to revive Bill on unorganised labour

MANGALORE, AUG. 1. The State Government will constitute a pilot study on the unorganised sector and complete the process in six months, the Minister of State for Labour, Tanveer Sait, said today.

The results of the study would form the basis for the revival of a Bill on unorganised labour, which has been put in cold storage since it was first introduced in the State Legislative Council in 2002.

While a study of select profession (for example, beedi industry in Dakshina Kannada) would be carried out in each district for the first three months, the findings of the study would be discussed for the remaining three months. The Government would then take steps to reintroduce the Bill in a new format, taking into consideration the updated findings.

Addressing presspersons here, Mr. Sait said that the Bill referred by the Legislative Council to a select committee had not seen any progress and that the study sought to refresh and widen its scope. He said the previous Bill had included under its ambit, 68 major avenues of employment considered part of unorganised sector and this needed to be reviewed further.

Pilot study

Under the pilot study, problems faced by a chosen profession in a district would be taken for consideration. Steps to provide minimum amenities, including health care, education and schooling for children of employees in the unorganised sector, injury benefits to workers and providing life insurance would be considered.

On contract employment, Mr. Sait said that it had been necessitated in the changing global economic scenario. Noting that this would mean providing new vision to existing labour laws, including fine-tuning them, he asserted that the Government was still committed to ensuring overall welfare of labourers.

Benefits

Mr. Sait said that he had instructed officials to ensure that the labourers hired under contract system received provident fund and employees state insurance benefits. Firms flouting these norms would be censured. On the possibility of providing reservation in jobs in private sector, he said the Government would consider any suggestion based on its merit.

Allaying fears on mismanagement and lack of facilities in Employees State Insurance (ESI) Hospitals in State, Mr. Sait said the Government was committed to ensuring that the workers got the best of service from these facilities.

Third batch in ITIs

Noting that the future economic scenario would have no place for semi-skilled and unskilled labourers, Mr. Sait said the Government planned to upgrade the skills of people in this category through Industrial Training Institutes.

The Government intended to start a third batch in ITIs across the State. The laws of the Department should not prove to be a hurdle in achieving higher employment generation across the State, he added.

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