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One more labour court

Ranchi, Aug. 23: Ranchi will get an industrial tribunal-cum-labour court for adjudication of industrial disputes involving the central government, thus taking the number of such legal forums in the state to three.

At present, two industrial tribunals are functional in Dhanbad.

Union labour, steel and mines minister Narendra Singh Tomar said this at a news conference at Hotel Ashok in the state capital on Saturday. He added that the Union government was serious about development in the country’s labour and employment sector and would leave no stone unturned to providing jobs to the unemployed.

“Amendments have been brought in the Apprentice Act by which even those who don’t have engineering background can become apprentices in the technical field. Earlier, candidates with engineering or diploma could only become technical apprentices. But after changes in the act, a graduate in any discipline can become an apprentice. This will benefit as many as 23 lakh youths every year, thus not only boosting employment, but also giving skilled manpower to the country,” he said.

Speaking about Employees State Insurance (ESI) hospitals, Tomar said efforts were on to constitute a committee in each state to ensure proper development of the heal hubs. “We are also trying to form a regional committee that can take decisions to spend up to Rs 50 lakh for repairing and maintenance of ESI hospitals and up to Rs 2 crore for construction of 200-bed hospitals and up to Rs 5 crore for 200-bed hospitals,” the minister added.

He further said steps had been taken to ensure that no labourer gets less than Rs 1,000 as pension under the EPF scheme besides raising the monthly wage ceiling to Rs 15,000 from Rs 6,500.


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