Hon’ble Minister, Labour and Energy & Power Department Shri M. N. Sherpa chaired a first introductory meeting with the heads of the companies and industries of Sikkim

Gangtok, 17th July (IPR): Hon’ble Minister, Labour and Energy & Power Department Shri M. N. Sherpa chaired a first introductory meeting with the heads of the companies and industries of Sikkim, at Labour Department today.

The meeting also attended by the Secretary, Labour Department Shri S.B. Subba, Joint Labour Commissioner, Shri D. S. Kunwar and other senior officials from the Department.

The agenda for the meeting was to interact and discuss about
The review of Labour Contract System as per the decision taken during the meeting of Legislators held on 25th June, 2019,
Submission of monthly returns, uniform house rent for the workers/employees,
Promotion to the next higher grade or incentive to the workers after completion 03 years should be mandatory,
Constitution of selection committee for promotion of the workers/employees and
Awareness programme to the workers/employees. Further he stressed to ensure medical health check up on periodical basis.

In his address Minister said that he firmly believes in supporting and protecting the health, safety, welfare, security and dignity of each worker in Sikkim. Ethical recruitment and employment practices, safe work practices, as well as safe and healthy living and working conditions are critical elements to deliver for our work. The workers working in the factories too have certain welfare needs which we as a government have to help by working in coordination with the companies, he added. Minister also introspected on challenges and hardships of labours and suggested to encourage them with rewards for performing best from their end. In his address, Minister asked companies to stop immediate termination and advised to issue show cause notices before termination.

Speaking on the agendas he said that companies should look after each and every individual working under it. Incentives and wages needs to be raised automatically after certain tenure. Employees need to be trained, groomed and aware about the rules, regulations and function of the companies and proper composition needs to be made. He also assured to resolve the issue related to power supply and assured to work for uninterrupted power supply.

Further, he urged the heads of the companies to avail suggestion/ complaint box which will be monitored by the Government department officials and solve the problems raised by the employees. Minister assured to create such system which will help the company to upgrade and solve the problems faced by the companies so far but in return they also need to look upon the Government problems and work cordially.

Secretary Shri Subba talked about the welfare measure which involves major aspects which are – occupational health care, suitable working time and appropriate salary.
He urged the companies for the welfare of the labours, provision of best/special facilities, to bring uniformity in the house rent of employees, companies should follow as per the Act and norms, need to work with proper coordination to increase the growth of industries and companies in the State, he stated.

Earlier, the welcome address was given by the Joint Labour Commissioner, Labour Department Shri D. S. Kunwar.

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