NEW DELHI: The Directorate General Factory Advice Service and Labour Institutes (DGFASLI) signed a memorandum of understanding with the Gujarat Maritime Board (GMB) on Thursday in order to bring positive changes in the working conditions of employees in the ship recycling industry in Alang, Gujarat.
The MoU was signed in the presence of Labour Minister Santosh Kumar Gangwar, minister of state for labour Mansukh Mandaviya and officials of the labour ministry.
The MOU will augment activities in the field of occupational safety, especially in training of workers and supervisors of yards in Alang.
It will also help in improving the working conditions and quality of work life of workers, thereby improving the image of the industry the world over. This will also contribute to the prevention of occupational injuries and diseases.
“I hope the MoU will bring changes in the working of the ship recycling industry and will enhance the safety and health of a large number of workers and supervisors at Alang,” Gangwar said.
Mandviya highlighted the importance of the industry and said that it provided employment to more than 25,000 workers and reduces 80 per cent of rollable steel.
“The MoU will also help reduce the prevalence of occupational diseases and injuries of the workers,” he said.
Senior officials of various ministries, Gujarat Maritime Board and DGFASLI were present on the occasion.