Occupational Safety in India is Still a Far Cry

Every day we hear stories of accidental falls and deaths from different constructional sites and other work locations across the country. Many a cases go unreported by media. Most of these people die at hospital or left with impaired organs, and sometimes may be left on bed for the rest of their life. Often, these people do not receive any support (both financial and mental) from their bosses. Similarly, there are plenty of cases of occupational injuries and other work related diseases in India.  This vicious circle of death and poverty epitomises the work situation of millions of workers in India.

Although, the Constitution of India provide detailed provisions for the rights of the citizens and also lays down the Directive Principles of State Policy for securing the health and strength of employees, men and women, are these rules followed?  The directive principles also direct that the tender age of children are not abused; that citizens are not forced by economic necessity to enter avocations unsuited to their age or strength; just and humane conditions of work and maternity relief are provided; and that the Government shall take steps, by suitable legislation or in any other way, to secure the participation of employee in the management of undertakings, establishments or other organisations engaged in any industry.

If the government believes that safety and health of workers has a positive impact on productivity and economic and social development, it should make sure that all economic activities are regulated for management of safety and health risks at workplaces and to provide measures so as to ensure safe and healthy working conditions for every working man and woman in the nation.

Sanjiv Bhatia, Pune, Maharasthra

Author: SubEditor

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