NHRC Notifies the Center and States of the High Occurrence of Workplace Fatalities


eMediNexus    03 February 2023

On Thursday, the officials from the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) sent notices to the Center, numerous states, and union territories regarding the observed high death rate of workers in accidents at registered companies. In a statement, the NHRC stated that it had taken suo motu notice of a newspaper article citing Directorate General Factory Advice Service and Labor Institutes (DGFASLI) data from the Ministry of Labour and Employment that, between 2017 and 2022, accidents at registered factories in the nation resulted in an average of three fatalities and 11 injuries per day.


According to the data gathered by DGFASLI from the Chief Inspectors of Factories and Directors of Industrial Safety and Health, only registered factories submitted the information, even though 90% of employees in India are engaged in the unorganized sector. The new workplace safety and health legislation were passed two years ago, but the rights panel noted that it has still not been put into effect. 


In light of this, the Commission has sent notices to all chief secretaries, principal secretaries, and departments of labor in all the states and union territories, asking them to submit detailed reports on any incidents that resulted in the death or disabling of workers or employees in the factories under their jurisdiction, as well as any lawsuits that were filed against the occupier or factory owners. 


(Source: https://www.business-standard.com/article/current-affairs/nhrc-sends-notices-to-centre-others-on-high-death-rate-of-factory-workers-123020201701_1.html )

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