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Labour welfare to be given priority: Himachal govt

Statesman News Service | Shimla |

In the wake of complaints of labours working in registered private units being paid less the state government is will prioritise the labour welfare.

While presiding over the meeting of the state Labour and Employment Department, Industries minister Bikram Singh said on Wednesday that a mechanism would be evolved to make Aadhar linked payments of salaries and other dues to the workers in the private sector, in order to ensure cashless transaction and check under payment of salaries to the workers working in private establishments.

The minister who is also Labour and Employment minister said that it has been noticed that many a times complaints were received that the labourers working in registered private units were being paid less and are made to sign on the higher amount.

He said that the Aadhar linked mechanism would go a long way in checking this practice.

Directing the officers of the Department to ensure strict and effective enforcement of all the labour laws, he said that the state was known for industrial peace and the same should be maintained at any cost.

He said that at least 70 per cent employment in all the upcoming industrial, tourism, hydro-electric units must also be ensured to the Himachali youths.

The departments like Labour and Employment, Technical Education and Skill Development Corporation must work with greater co-ordination in order to achieve desired results, he said, adding that the employment exchanges must have authentic data of the unemployed youth and semi-employed.

Bikram Singh said, “All the forms and procedures in the Department regarding benefits to workers must be simplified and made more realistic. This would not only ensure smooth functioning of the Department but also enhance its efficiency.”

He said that all the functional posts laying vacant in the Department would be filling up on priority.