LABOUR COMMISSIONERATE, PASCHIM MEDINIUR

Labour Commisionerate under Labour Department, Government of West Bengal is mainly involved in maintaining industrial peace and harmony in the state. In addition to this there are a number of social security and welfare schemes for different sections of workers.

Labour Commissionerate seeks to promote Welfare of the working class by :-

  • - Ensuring safety, security and improved conditions of work.
  • - Enforcing various Labour laws in respect of Minimum Wages, Payment of Wages, Regulation and Abolition of Contract Labour, Payment of Gratuity etc
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  • - Facilitating collective bargaining within the framework of the Industrial Disputes Act, 1947.
  • - Providing special protection for specific class of workers like women, children, beedi workers, motor transport workers, construction workers etc.
  • - Providing social security for both unorganized and organized sector workers and their family members

Present hierarchy of Labour Commissionerate in Paschim Medinipur is as follows :-

Deputy Labour Commissioner, Kharagpur, Paschim Medinipur
Assistant Labour Commissioner, Jhargram Assistant Labour Commissioner, Kharagpur Assistant Labour Commissioner, Midnapore Assistant Labour Commissioner, Ghatal
Minimum Wages Inspectors posted in 9 Labour Welfare Facilitation Centres Minimum Wages Inspectors posted in 12 Labour Welfare Facilitation Centres Minimum Wages Inspectors posted in 6 Labour Welfare Facilitation Centres Minimum Wages Inspectors posted in 10 Labour Welfare Facilitation Centres

Office Contact No. and e-mail addresses:

  1. Deputy Labour Commissioner, Kharagpur, Inda, Kharagpur, Paschim Medinipur. Ph. No. – 03222-225273 ,e-mail id: dlckgp@gmail.com,
  2. Assistant Labour Commissioner, Jhargram, posted at Regional Labour Office, Ghoradhara, Jhargram. Ph. No. - 03221-258791 ,e-mail id: alcjhargram@gmail.com
  3. Assistant Labour Commissioner, Kharagpur posted at the office of the Deputy Labour Commissioner, Kharagpur, Inda. Ph. No. - 03222-225273, e-mail id: dlckgp@gmail.com
  4. Assistant Labour Commissioner, Midnapore posted at Regional Labour Office, Nanur Chawk, Midnapore. Ph. No. - 03227-265687. e-mail id: alcmid32@gmail.com
  5. Assistant Labour Commissioner, Ghatal posted at Krishnanagar, Ghatal. Ph. No. - 03225-256349. e-mail id: alcghatal@gmail.com

Labour Commisionerate administers the following Acts :-

  1. Minimum Wages Act, 1948.
  2. Payment of Wages Act, 1936.
  3. Equal Remuneration Act, 1976.
  4. Contract Labour (Regulation and Abolition) Act, 1970.
  5. Inter-state Migrant workmen (Regulation of Employment and Condition of Services) Act, 1970.
  6. Payment of Gratuity Act, 1972.
  7. The Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act, 1986.
  8. Building and Other Construction Workers (Regulation of Employment and Condition of Service) Act, 1996.
  9. Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Cess Act, 1996
  10. West Bengal Shop’s & Establishment Act, 1963
  11. Motor Transport Workers Act,1961
  12. Sales Promotion Emp.(C.S) Act,1976
  13. Beedi and Ciger Workers ( Regulation of Employment and Condition of Services) Act,1966
  14. Industrial Dispute Act, 1947
  15. . Payment of Bonus Act, 1965.
  16. West Bengal Labour Welfare Fund Act, 1974

Labour Commissionerate implements the following schemes :-

  1. Financial Assistance to Workers in Locked Out Industries (FAWLOI).
  2. State-Assisted Scheme of Provident Fund for Unorganized Workers (SASPFUW).
  3. Social Security and Welfare Schemes for construction workers administered under West Bengal Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board.
  4. Social Security and Welfare Schemes for Transport workers

Welfare benefits under different schemes of Labour Commissionerate:

State Assisted Scheme of Provident Fund for Unorganized Workers (SASPFUW):-

Unorganized workmen of 49 professions and self-employed workmen of 12 professions being within the age range of 18-60 and having monthly family income of less than Rs. 6,500/- can apply under this scheme. However, the beneficiaries, who are already enrolled under Employees Provident Funds and Miscellaneous Provisions Act, 1952, will not get the benefits from this scheme. The subscriber/beneficiary has to deposit Rs. 25/- p.m. to the Collecting Agent (C.A), Government will deposit Rs. 30/- p.m. against such deposit along with interest @ 8.8% (at present). Anybody enrolling at the age of 18 years and continuing up to 60 years will get back more than Rs. 2,50,000/- paying just Rs. 12,600/-.

In case of death before 60 years, the nominee gets the full beneficiary contributed amount plus matching contribution with interest. There is also benefit of health scheme for the beneficiaries (up to Rs. 10,000/- p.a. for hospitalization in government hospitals only for not less than 5 days at one go). For availing benefit hereunder, continuous subscription for at least consecutive 24 months is a pre-condition.

The nominee gets Rs. 50,000/- for natural death of the beneficiary. In case of accidental death, the amount of such assistance is Rs. 1,50,000/-.

In addition to these, beneficiaries will get a Samajik Mukti Card (SMC) which will act as a smart card in future while distributing the benefits.

Schemes under the Building and Other Construction Workers (RE & CS) Act, 1996:-

Construction workers involved in very wide variety of construction working for at least 90 days during last one year, falling within the age limit of 18-60 can enroll under this Scheme. The subscribers require to pay Rs. 20/- at the time of registration and then Rs. 30/- p.a. for annual subscription and subsequent renewal.

They will get benefits like

  1. Education benefit of Rs. 4,000/- to 30,000/- for the beneficiary or his children.
  2. Rs. 10,000/- for marriage assistance of the beneficiary or his/her two children.
  3. Maternity assistance of Rs. 6,000/- to female construction workers (twice). Rs. 10,000/- additional amount for birth of girl child (upto two children).
  4. Rs. 6,000/- for miscarriage (twice).
  5. Rs. 10,000/- as accidental medical benefit.
  6. Rs. 50,000/- as accidental permanent disability.
  7. g) Rs. 20,000/- p.a. for the subscriber or his dependents suffering from diseases like Cancer, Leprosy, Heart Diseases, Kidney Dysfunction, AIDS, Thalassemia etc.
  8. Rs. 60,000/- for surgical cases.
  9. Rs. 6,000/- for T.B.
  10. Rs. 50,000/- for natural death and Rs. 1,50,000/- for death due to accident at work place.
  11. Rs. 3,000/- for funeral expenses of the registered beneficiaries.
  12. Pension of Rs. 750/- p.m. to the subscriber and half the amount as family pension to his spouse in case of death of beneficiary
  13. Pension of Rs. 750/- for permanent disability and half the amount as family pension to his spouse in case of death of beneficiary
  14. Rs. 500/- for purchase of spectacles (one time).
  15. Rs. 2,000/- for purchase of tools (one time).
  16. Rs. 3,000/- for purchase of bicycle / dress (one time).
  17. In case of premature death/ unwillingness to continue, the subscriber will get back the total subscribed amount with interest at 8 % rate.

Beneficiaries become eligible for the aforesaid benefits at least 6 months after enrolment and onwards

West Bengal Transport Workers’ Social Security Scheme (WBTWSSS), 2010:-

Transport workers of commercial vehicles like drivers, conductors, cleaners, helpers etc. within the age range of 18-60 can enroll under this scheme with Rs. 30/- at the time of registration. No fee is required for renewal.

They will get benefits like:

  1. Education benefit of Rs. 4,000/- to 30,000/- for the beneficiary or his children.
  2. Rs. 25,000/- for marriage and maternity assistance of the transport worker’s two children.
  3. Rs. 10,000/- as accidental medical benefit.
  4. Rs. 20,000/- p.a. for the subscriber or his dependents suffering from dreaded diseases like TB, Cancer, Leprosy, Heart Diseases, Kidney Dysfunction, AIDS, Thalassemia etc.
  5. Rs. 60,000/- for surgical cases.
  6. Rs. 50,000/- for natural death and Rs. 2,00,000/- for death due to accident at work place.
  7. Pension of Rs. 1500/- p.m. to the subscriber and half the amount to his/her spouse in case of death.
  8. Pension of Rs. 1500/- for permanent disability and half the amount to his/her spouse in case of his death.

Beneficiaries become eligible for the aforesaid benefits at least 6 months after enrolment and onwards

Overall Progress in the District :-

In FAWLOI Rs.6035189/-(Rupees sixty lakh, thirty five thousand one hundred eighty nine) distributed to 201 persons in 4 establishments.

Registration and benefit distribution status up to 31/3/2016 for SASPFUW, BOCW and Transport workers scheme are as given
Scheme Beneficiary registered No. of benefits Amount (Rs.) distributed as benefit
SASPFUW 274993 6178 5,67,94,662.00
BOCWA 155551 99633 34,27,02,223.00
TRANSPORT 12670 1930 1,47,13,672.00

Notes :-

We have undertaken ease of getting service initiative in Paschim Medinipur District for our beneficiaries and stakeholders. Keeping in mind the convenience and inconvenience of the workers , a vast majority of which is daily wage earners , we have introduced following two initiatives in this district from October,2015.

  • Evening Office: All the RLOs in this district except Jhargram will remain open till 7pm once a week for the convenience of our beneficiaries. RLO, Kharagpur and RLO Ghatal will remain open till 7 pm on every Tuesday and RLO Midnapore will remain open till 7pm on every Wednesday.
  • • Local Helpline: Following telephone numbers will be used as local helpline and will remain operational from 11am to 4pm on every working dayin all the RLOs of this district except Jhargram
  •  Helpline for Kharagpur – 03222-225023
  •  Helpline for Ghatal – 03225-256349
  •  Helpline for Midnapore– 03222-265687
  • State toll free Helpline : 18001030009

Important Links :-

Labour Department’s website – wb.gov.in/portal/wblabour

Labour Commissionerate Website: wblc.gov.in

SLI website - www.wbsli.org