Bhubaneswar, Feb 5:
The state government today urged Union Minister for Labour & Employment Oscar Fernandes to set up a Regional Labour Institute of the Directorate General of Factory Advice and Labour Institute (DGFASLI) to help upgrade the industrial safety standards, improve the factory inspection and provide safety audit services across various industries in the state.
“Though the DGFASLI has four Regional Labour Institutes in different parts of the country, none of them is based in Odisha. In view of the large number of industries in the state, there is a need to set up a Regional Labour Institute within the state for upgrading the industrial safety standards, improving the factory inspection and providing safety audit services,” said Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in a letter to Fernandes urging him to take steps to set up a Regional Labour Institute.
Patnaik informed that there are about 3700 registered factories and 1800 registered boilers functioning in Odisha.
“As many as 168 factories in Odisha have been identified as accident prone, improvement in safety measures is being accorded high priority by my government,” said the chief minister.
It is to be noted that many industries are being run without following safety rules resulting major accidents. Recently, a major fire broke out in Bhusan in which three persons were killed while several others were injured.