Dharmendra Pradhan asks oil firms to make sure labourers get cashless payment

Oil minister urged state-owned oil companies to make sure their private contractors executing projects directly credit wages of workers in their bank accounts


Oil minister Dharmendra Pradhan. File photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint
Oil minister Dharmendra Pradhan. File photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint

New Delhi: To encourage cashless payments and to prevent exploitation of labourers, oil minister Dharmendra Pradhan urged state-owned oil companies on Tuesday to make sure their private contractors executing specific projects directly credit wages of workers in their bank accounts.

“It is the responsibility of the principal employer to ensure wages of labourers hired by contractors are credited to their bank accounts as these workers are the pillars of the energy industry,” Pradhan said at a function organised here by the ministry to felicitate companies excelling in safety practices in the energy industry.

A senior executive from a state-owned oil company said at present there was no rule that requires a state-run company to tell contractors who win specific projects through competitive bids how they pay their workers as competition is expected to keep the energy services industry efficient.

“The aspiration is to promote direct bank credit of wages even for workers hired by private contractors. However, the frequent movement of workers among contractors makes it a difficult proposition,” said the official.

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