Labour Dept issues SOPs for engaging skilled labourers from outside state

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Shillong, June 16: The Meghalaya Labour Department on Tuesday issued Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for employers with the intent of engaging skilled and highly skilled labourers from outside the state.

D. P Wahlang, Principal Secretary, Labour Department stated that the aim of the SOPs was to provide general guidance and information to employers in order to enable workers to return to work safely while keeping the risk of contamination as low as possible.

According to the notification, employers will have to obtain permission from respective Deputy Commissioners prior to bringing in workers from outside the State and provide complete details of the workers including their permanent address, current location and contact details.

Employers will have to submit an undertaking to the Deputy Labour Commissioner of the district confirming adherence to the guidelines of the Ministry of Home Affairs and protocols issued by the Health and Family Welfare Department before commencement of operations.

“After permission is obtained, Employers shall register such workers with the Deputy Labour Commissioner of the respective Districts providing complete details of the workers including their permanent address, current location, and contact details,” the notification read.

On reaching the state, all workers will be screened and tested for COVID-19 and transported to paid quarantine facilities by the employer. “Payment for the quarantine facilities will be made by the Employers,” it read.

After completion of the quarantine period, employers will have to ensure the workers stay within the premises and follow all social distancing and safety norms.

“Employers shall  put  in  place  a plan  for systematic cleaning and  disinfection of tools as  well as stocking up on cleaning supplies and any  protective equipment that  may  be needed,” the notification stated.

Further, the employers will have to ensure that each worker is covered under Health Insurance Scheme at their cost.