KARNATAKA

`Safe factories concept being enforced'

BHADRAVATI, MARCH 17 . The Director of the Factories and Boilers Department, K.G. Krishnappa, has said that there is no need to fear for the lives of industrial workers in the State as the concept of "safe factories" is being enforced effectively.

He was speaking here at a function organised by Visvesvaraya Iron and Steel Ltd. and the Factories and Boilers Department to mark the 34th National Safety Day.

He said several programmes have been chalked out on the precautionary measures to be taken to reduce the number of industrial accidents. "However, such accidents continue to be reported in the unorganised industrial sector for want of safety measures," he added.

He said his department has been imparting training to workers to improve their efficiency so that their units can face competition brought about by the globalisation and privatisation.

He observed that improvement in industrial productivity and workers' safety go hand in hand.

Mr. Krishnappa said nearly 60 per cent of the accidents in the unorganised industrial sector are attributed to the lack of safety measures.

The Assistant Director of the Factories and Boilers Department, Bharati Magadum, outlined the steps taken by her department to enlighten workers about the safety measures to be taken in their units.

The Executive Director of VISL, H.K. Roy Choudhury, presided over the function.The General Manager (Works), M.S. Thakur, was the chief guest.

The President of the Shimoga Chamber of Commerce and Industry, S. Rudre Gowda; the Superintending Engineer, Karnataka Power Corporation Ltd., V. Mohan; the General Manager, MPM, K. Ravi; and the Plant Manager, IBCL, C. Vijayakumar, were present.

The Assistant General Manager of VISL, Sridhar, welcomed the gathering.

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