Uttar Pradesh labour and service planning minister Swami Prasad Maurya said on Monday there was a strong need for tougher laws for occupational safety and health standards in industry. The minister was addressing an interactive session on occupational safety and health standards, organised by the Indo-Amerian Chamber of Commerce. “If employers start accepting and treating their employees as their family members, it will make them think more about their safety. This will not only lead to a happy employer-employee relationship but also enhance productivity,” he said, emphasising the need to set up an Industrial Higher Eeducation University in UP.
In his welcome address, Ashish Wig, chairman, NIC Infrastructure Committee, Indo-American Chamber of Commerce, highlighted the occupational safety hazards in the infrastructure industry, which employs more people than the farming sector. Lalit Bhasin, executive vice-president, IACC, said that there were not enough laws and training to ensure quality occupational safety and health standards in India.
The event was also attended by Anurag Srivastava, deputy director, factories, Noida; Sanjay Mehta, regional president, IACC; MN Siddique, ex-director of factories, UP; MR Rajput, director, DGFASLI-RLI, Faridabad; and MS Tiwari, general manager (Fire & Safety) Hindalco Industries, Renukoot, among other key officials and experts.