Shri Mallikarjun Kharge gives away Vishwakarma Rashtriya Puraskar and National Safety Awards
The Union Minister of Labour & Employment, Shri Mallikarjun Kharge has said that the Government is committed to the Occupational Safety and Health of the working population in the country. He was speaking here today after presenting the “Vishwakarma Rastriya Puraskar” and “National Safety Awards” for the performance year 2007.
Speaking on the occasion, Shri Kharge said that the Government has already declared the National Policy on Safety, Health and Environment at work place earlier this year to give a clear direction to the issues relating to the workers’ safety and health. He said that industrial injuries and fatalities were showing declining trend over the years in the manufacturing sector. As per the information available, in 2.5 lakh factories having an employment of over one crore, there were a total of 34,524 reportable accidents out of which 1387 fatalities were reported.
“I have a dream to see India as a Zero accident country” the Minister asserted and appealed to the industry and other concerned agencies to demonstrate their commitment for positive results.
Shri Kharge expressed satisfaction over the fact that some of the progressive and enlightened industrial establishments are implementing voluntary and self-regulated Occupational Safety and Health Management Systems (OSH-MS) as well as the food safety management systems in their organizations for promotion of occupational safety and health. Congratulating such industrial organizations for their pro-active approach, the Minister also exhorted other companies to emulate them in establishing safe and healthy work culture.
Shri Kharge also appealed to the Trade Union fraternity to co-operate with the managements to make worker-participative schemes like Suggestions Schemes, Quality Circles. Kaizens etc successful in the industrial establishments.
The Ministry of Labour and Employment, instituted the “Vishwakarma Rastriya Puraskar” (Previously known as Shram Veer National Awards) and “National Safety Awards” in 1965. The Awards schemes are operated by the Technical Wing of the Ministry, namely the Directorate General Factory Advice Service and Labour Institutes (DGFASLI), Mumbai.
There are 28 Vishwakarma Puraskars being shared by 120 winners from different Industries for the performance year 2007. Similarly, for the same performance year, the total number of National Safety Awards, Winners and Runners-up in all the twelve schemes add up to 101 ( 60 winners & 41 runners-up) under various schemes.
VRP is awarded in the form of cash prize and a certificate of merit in three classes: Class ‘A’ – Five (5) of Rs.75,000/- each, Class ‘B’ – Eight (8) of Rs.50,000/- each and Class ‘C’–Fifteen (15) of Rs.25,000/- each.
VRP is awarded in recognition of outstanding suggestions given by a worker or group of workers and implemented by the management during the previous calendar year resulting in improvement in quality, productivity and working conditions such as safety, health and environmental conservations in the Industrial undertakings where “Suggestion Schemes” are in operations.
The National Saftey Awards are given in recognition of outstanding safety performance of industrial establishments, construction sites and ports to stimulate and maintain the interests of both the management and the workers in accident prevention programmes. The applications received for VRP as well as NSA are adjudged by a Tripartite Awards committee constituted by the Ministry of Labour and Employment, comprising of representatives from Employers’ organizations, Employees’ organizations and Central/State Governments. Besides the Tripartite representation, there are experts in the committee from renowned Institutions, Universities and Industries in the field of Safety, Health, Environment, Productivity and Quality.
The complete list of award winners is available on PIB Website :- www.pib.nic.in
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