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New Labour Bill Paramounts on ‘Dignity’ and ‘Security’ of Women: Ensure Safety after 7 pm

Besides, on a holiday, a woman worker cannot be called for work

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Overall, countries with strong women's rights had better and improving health than those where women's rights were only moderately or poorly respected. Pixabay

‘Dignity and security’ of a woman worker is paramount says the new labour Bill, likely to be introduced in the ongoing session of Parliament. As per the new Bill, working hours for women are to be between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. However, beyond these timings, the employer would have to ensure ‘safety’ of a woman worker.

Besides, on a holiday, a woman worker cannot be called for work. In case, there is an urgency for her to be called to work, her safety would have to be ensured by the employer.

Another important feature of the Bill is the definition of family (of a worker under the law), which now includes dependent grandparents. In other words, benefits granted to parents would now be availed by dependent grandparents too.

Sources said that the Bill, Code on Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions 2019, cleared by the Cabinet is being vetted by the Law Ministry and would soon be introduced in Parliament.

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Besides, on a holiday, a woman worker cannot be called for work. Pixabay

Last week, a Group of Ministers(GoM) chaired by Home Minister Amit Shah suggested certain points in the Bill, including “taking the consent of the worker with respect to overtime hours.”

For the benefit of both the worker and the employer, overtime hours enhanced to 100 hours would be further enhanced to 125 hours per month. Similarly, welfare provisions like creche for children, canteen for quality food, first aid facilities in case of any mishap and provision of a welfare officer in an establishment have also been given importance.

These welfare steps would have to be ensured by “all establishments as far as practically feasible.” Like the wage bill, the Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions Bill subsumes relevant provisions of at least 13 existing Central Labour Laws.

“We have tried to make laws easier and better for the worker. We have also tried to ensure a balance between rights of the workers and the employers. The government has given top priority to the safety of women. For working journalists, including those working in the electronic media, better wages and working conditions have been assured,” said a top official of the Labour and Employment Ministry.

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For the benefit of both the worker and the employer, overtime hours enhanced to 100 hours would be further enhanced to 125 hours per month. Pixabay

Sources said on the instructions of the leadership, several other benefits would be granted to workers. For instance, employers would provide free of cost annual health checks-up for employees above prescribed age. Employers would also be expected to provide an appointment letter to every employee.

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The radical changes for the benefits of the worker have been included in the Bill after extensive consultations with all stake holders, including the central trade unions, employers associations and state governments.

The Prime Minister’s Office had a series of meetings over the Bill. Earlier last year, the draft of the bill was uploaded on the website of the Labour and Employment Ministry to include suggestions of the stake holders as well as general public. (IANS)

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Odisha Girl Gang-Raped in Presence of Fiance, 6 Arrested

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A college student was gang-raped a in presence of her fiance in Odisha's Ganjam district. Maxpixel

Bhubaneswar, October 17: Close on the heels of sensational Koraput gang-rape case, Another Odisha Girl Gang-Raped in presence of her fiance in Ganjam district, police said on Tuesday.

Six persons have been arrested for their suspected involvement in the incident.

According to police, a student of Plus-Three Second Year, hailing from Bhanjanagar of Ganjam, was allegedly gang-raped by six persons at a forest near Budhakendu Thakurani Temple in Gangapur area of the district on Monday.

The incident came to light after the victim and her fiance lodged a complaint with the police.

The accused intercepted the victim when she was returning home with her fiance after visiting the temple. They thrashed the fiance and dragged the victim to a nearby cashew forest and allegedly gang-raped her.

“I had gone to the temple with my fiance to offer prayers. When we were returning, six people dragged me to the nearby forest and thrashed my fiance. (Each) one of them raped me, whereas others filmed it,” said the victim.

“We were returning from the temple after having darshan at around 3.30 p.m on Monday. Six persons came on two bikes and intercepted us. They thrashed me and snatched away our mobile phones from us. They took her to a nearby forest and raped her,” the fiance of the victim said.

Ashish Singh, Ganjam Superintendent of Police, said: “All the six have been arrested and will be produced in the court. We are investigating the case.”

A case has been registered over the incident at Gangapur Police Station. The accused and the woman would undergo medical examination and then the accused would be produced in the court, said Utkal Keshari Dash, Bhanjanagar Sub-Divisional Police Officer.

Meanwhile, the police are yet to nab the culprits involved in Class IX girl gang-rape case in Koraput district on October 10. The victim has alleged that the four men were armed and dressed as security personnel.(IANS)