New Delhi: In a move beneficial for over a million workers in the country’s plantation sector, the government approved amendments in the Indian Plantation Labour Act, 1951 to provide a mechanism for ensuring their safety and welfare.
“The Cabinet has given approval for introduction of the Plantations Labour Bill, 2008 in the Parliament for making amendments in the Indian Plantation Labour Act of 1951,” Science and Technology Minister Kapil Sibal said after a meeting of the Union Cabinet.
Indian Labour Organization (ILO) estimates that the amendment proposes a variety of measures to provide mechanisms for safety, health and wealth for the about one million plantation workers in the country.
The working condition of labourers in the plantations has left a lot to be desired. “So, we have decided to set up a mechanism to provide for their safety, health and wealth of plantation labour,” Sibal said.
“The government planned to amend the definition of family to remove the distinction between a female and a male worker,” he added.
Sibal also said that definition of worker would be amended by enhancing the wage ceiling from Rs750 to Rs10,000.
“The medical facilities to be provided to the workers and to their families and make it obligatory on the state government to provide medical facilities,” he said, adding that the state could recover the cost from the employers.