Kumar calls for effective implementation of welfare schemes for labour class


Advisor to Governor K Vikay Kumar today asked the officials of the labour and employment department to be more proactive and work with extra zeal for the welfare and empowerment of the working class.
He said this at a review meeting of the department, which among others was attended by principal secretary I&C Shailendra Kumar, labour commissioner Bashir Ahmad Khan, director employment GR Mir, director, entrepreneurship development institute, M I Parrey, managing director women development corporation, Nahida Soz.
The advisor said the government was committed to the welfare of the working class and to uplift their socio-economic status in the society. “Various welfare schemes that are in place for the purpose include provident fund, medical insurance, a package of welfare schemes for building and construction workers, rehabilitation of child labourers and bonded labourers, conciliation between employees and employers in case of a dispute etc.”
He asked the department to be more proactive to provide free coaching to the students for civil services besides providing career counseling in various colleges of the state, an official handout said.
While reviewing its working, the advisor was informed that the department registered 84516 unemployed youths during the last financial year including in 39195 Kashmir division and 45321 in Jammu division.
The meeting was informed that there are 698 Self Help Groups registered with the department involving 3147 engineers. Officials said 1282 works have been allotted to these SHGs and Rs 115.89 crore have been allotted to the SHGs.
Regarding Seed Capital Fund Scheme (SCFS), it was given out that the EDI is implementing agency of the program and as per guidelines the prospective entrepreneurs are to be provided training and later with seed capital equivalent to 35 percent of the project cost up to a maximum of Rs 4 lakhs for under graduates, Rs 5 lakh for graduates, Rs 6.50 lakhs for post-graduates and Rs 10 lakhs for professional/ technical graduates.
The meeting was informed that in the last Financial year, EDI assisted in establishing 662 units in the state and Rs 3.63 crores were spent while an outlay of Rs 37.56 crores have been set for the current financial year.
Under Youth Start-up Loan Scheme, it was given out EDI assisted in establishing 107 units and Rs 2.34 crores have been spend for the same during the previous financial year.
During the meeting, Nahida Soz informed that the Women’s Development Corporation spent 36 crore and assisted in establishing 20 profit generating units under Women Entrepreneurship Programme.
The advisor was further informed that during the last financial year, 30 job fairs were conducted at various districts in which 745 youth were offered jobs in various private sector companies.
The meeting was informed that the department of labour has disposed of at least 1126 cases during the last financial year under different acts, while 1254 cases are still lying pending. 
Officials informed that department conducted 908 inspections to various factories under Factory Act during the previous fiscal and launched prosecution against 22 offenders.
The department also conducted 23558 inspections under different acts and launched prosecution against 1625 offenders while 1151 convictions also took place during the financial year 2017-18.

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