ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Jammu and Kashmir- To Avoid Elections

September 13, 1986 called for "workers' safety and security" to be made a "national movement" instead of treating it as a mere "ritual". The Ministry of Labour's Annual Report for 1985-86 is obviously not very interested in transforming the 'ritual' into a 'national movement'. Apart from a mention that the Factories Act which contains provisions to ensure safety measures in factories is administered by the state governments, there is no further statement or comment or mention of even what the safety status in factories was during the year. Whatever be the manner in which welfare acts are administered, that the Union government's Labour Ministry should be entirely silent on the matter is a cause for grave concern. And this so soon after the Bhopal disaster had drawn attention to the woeful neglect of safety norms in most industrial establishments in the country.

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