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Plantation Workers and the OSHWC Code, 2020

Welfare provisions for plantation workers in the Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions Code, 2020 are subject to how respective state governments frame rules and can have wide variations too. A basic standard template from the central government would have been better, preventing wide variations, as well as ensuring a basic threshold. Further, there is a need to recognise the use of technology in ensuring better occupational safety and health outcomes.


Scope for Improvement

The Plantations Labour Act (PLA), 1951 was merged and incorporated as a chapter (Part VIII in Chapter XI to be precise1) in the Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions Code, 2020 (OSHWC Code, 2020). When the new OSHWC Code, 2020 would be in operation in the near future, the PLA, 1951 would be null and void, and welfare and safety provisions would be governed by Part VIII of Chapter XI pertaining to plantation labour. The question then is whether this chapter in the OSHWC Code, 2020 can provide the kind of safety and welfare provisions that the PLA, 1951 currently provides.

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Published On : 17th Jan, 2024

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