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New Labour Laws to be implemented in J&K soon: Saurabh Bhagat

New laws to empower formal, informal workers; improve ease of doing business

(Asian News Hub) – Commissioner Secretary, Labour & Employment Department, Saurabh Bhagat today chaired a meeting to finalize the Jammu & Kashmir Rules for Labour Codes at Civil Secretariat here.

Speaking during the meeting, the Commissioner Secretary said that the codes have been drafted in a manner which will help in overall upliftment of the workforce in entire Jammu and Kashmir.

Saurabh Bhagat further maintained that with the implementation of these codes, labour sector in the region would come at par with the rest of the country and will increase the wages among workforce. He added that this will also improve ease of doing business in J&K.

The Commissioner Secretary said that the codes would devolve more powers to implementing agencies to penalise private institutions and others job providers who underpay their workers and employees. The new codes also mandate gratuity even if a worker has been employed for one day only.

On the occasion, Saurabh Bhagat hailed that Jammu & Kashmir is first to formulate and notify these draft rules than rest of the country, adding that J&K has been given the powers to draft its own version of the national policy.

Pertinently, the Central Government has combined 29 existing labour laws and reorganised them into four codes; Code on Wages, 2019; Industrial Relations Code, 2020; Social Security Code, 2020 and Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions Code, 2020.

Numerous highlights of these codes include fixation of a nationwide minimum wage by the Centre, bonus calculation and payment, payment of gratuity on pro rata basis, prohibition of lay-offs and social security for formal and informal workers.

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Cop shot dead at Saidapora Eidgah

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(Asian News Hub) – Unknown gunmen on Thursday evening shot dead a policeman in Saidapora area of Eidgah Srinagar.

Official sources said that a policeman identified as Javeed Ahmad Kambey, son of Ghulam Muhammad Kambey of Saidapora was shot at by unknown militants near his residence.

They said that Khandey after receiving fire injury in the neck was immediately shifted to SKIMS Soura in critical condition.

Official sources said that the injured cop later succumbed to his injuries on way to the hospital.

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Woman injured in hit-and-run accident near Noora Hospital Sgr

(Asian News Hub) – A woman was critically injured after she was hit by an unknown vehicle on National highway near Noora Hospital in HMT on the outskirts of Srinagar on Thursday evening.

Official sources said that 48-year-old woman identified as Muneera resident of Tangmarg was hit by the unknown vehicle near Noora Hospital HMT, leaving her severely injured.

They said that the woman was shifted to a nearby hospital where from she was referred to SKIMS Soura in critical condition.

Meanwhile, Police have registered a case in this regard and investigation has been taken up.

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Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar visits Bandipora’s Tulail

(Asian News Hub) – Famous Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar on Thursday visited remote Tulail along the Line of Control in Gurez valley of North Kashmir’s Bandipora district.

Sources said that the actor reached Neeru village of Tulail via helicopter at around 12 noon today.

They said that he is scheduled to interact with Army and BSF jawans at Neeru village.

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