By OUR STAFF REPORTER
Dehradun, 12 Aug: Speaking at a CII Interaction, recently, on Labour related issues, Secretary, Labour, Uttarakhand, Harbans Singh Chugh mentioned that the State Government would support Industry in bringing gender diversity to the workplace by removing the hurdles on women working night shifts, as brought to his notice by CII.
It was also suggested that to maintain a healthy IR ecosystem in the state and to attract new investments, it was important to have regular dialogue between industry and all stakeholders. Workers needed to be educated, both, about their rights and responsibilities and the need to understand how to organise themselves and put forward their demands in a constructive manner.
CII strongly recommended setting up of regional centres of the Central Board for Workers’ Education, (which comes under Ministry of Labour & Employment, Government of India) at Haridwar and Pantnagar.
Other issues raised during the session included Amendment in the Contract Labour Act, Reduction in Factory Licence Fee, ease of compliance, to do away with third party audit in low risk industries, etc.Secretary Chugh, stated that Industry and Labour Departments had to work hand in glove and try to mitigate labour issues in the State for harmonising industrial relations. On the issues raised, Chugh mentioned that the department was already working on many of the issues and he would further discuss them within his department and work towards their resolution. He suggested having a meeting with his department shortly,to which industry and all other stakeholders would be invited.
Ashok Windlass, Vice Chairman, CII Uttarakhand State Council thanked Chugh for his proactive approach in supporting industry and resolving outstanding issues.
Also present on the occasion was Anal Vijay Singh, Plant Head, Tata Motors, Kaushik Mukherjee, Chief Manager, Haridwar Complex – ITC Ltd, Manoj Tyagi, President, SIDCUL Entrepreneur Welfare Society (SEWS), and over 50 representatives of industries in Kumaon & Garhwal regions.