Shibu Baby John, Minister for Labour and Rehabilitation. Abbreviation : M (L&R), holds the following portfolios:-
- Labour & Rehabilitation
- Employment and Training
- Factories and Boilers
- Insurance Medical Service
- Industrial Tribunals
- Labour Courts.
Labour & Rehabilitation Department
This department seeks to facilitate harmonious industrial relations in the state and to enforce various labour laws. There are a number of welfare schemes for different sections of workers. A number of welfare fund boards also function under this department. In Industrial disputes the department is the instrument for conciliation and conflict resolution between the labour and management.
The honourable Minister for Labour is assisted by the Secretary to Government, Labour and Rehabilitation Department in the Government Secretariat, 4 Joint Secretaries, 4 Under Secretaries, Section Officers, Assistants and other ancillary staff.
Line departments, Institutions and organizations under the department
- Employment Services Kerala
- Kerala State Cashew Development Corporation Ltd.
- Kerala State Cashew Workers Apex industrial Co-operative Society Ltd (CAPEX)
- Traders Welfare Board
- Department of Factories and Boilers
- Kerala Abkari Workers Welfare Fund Board
- Kerala Agriculture Workers Welfare Fund Board
- Kerala Labour Welfare Fund Board
- Kerala Motor Transport Workers Welfare Fund Board
- kerala State Anganwadi Workers and Helpers Welfare Fund Board
- Kerala Tailors Welfare Fund Board
- Kerala Toddy Workers Welfare Fund Board
- Health Insurance Agency, Kerala
Employment Service Department
The Employment Service in Kerala has a network of one Directorate, 3 Regional Deputy Director's offices and 3 Professional and Executive Employment Exchanges at Thiruvananthapuram, Ernakulam, and Kozhikode, 14 District Employment Exchanges, 58 Town Employment Exchanges, 6 Special Employment Exchanges for Physically Handicapped, 2 Coaching Cum Guidance Centres for SC/ ST, 5 University Employment Information & Guidance Bureau. These offices render 5 types of services, namely Placement service, Vocational Guidance, Employment Market Information , Self Employment Guidance, implementation of the Kerala Unemployment Assistance Scheme and Kerala Self Employment Scheme for the Registered unemployed (KESRU-99). The Department has a very important and unique role to play in a state like Kerala with more than 10% of its population on the Live Register of Employment Exchanges. The process of registration, renewal, selection and advising of eligible candidates against notified vacancies is the primary task of Employment Exchanges. This agency is perhaps the only link between employers and job seekers in that it is sponsoring candidates of required qualification and experience for various jobs within the shortest possible time. Number of registrants in Employment Exchanges has been exceeded from 2 lakhs in 1962 to 44.15 lakhs as on 31.10.2001.
The National Employment Service Department was under the control of the Government of India till 31.10.1956. The administrative control of the department was transferred to the State Government with effect from 01.1.1956. To ensure the uniformity in the functioning of the Employment Exchanges all over India., the policies and procedure to be adopted in the functional activities of the Employment Exchanges are prescribed at the national level.
Directorate of Factories and Boilers
2 nd stage
Issue of Licence
»Licence issuing /renewing Authorities
|Factories||Issue of Licence||Renewal||Documents to be submitted to|
|1. Sec 2(m) factories||Director of Factories & Boilers||Regional Joint Director of Factories & BoilersÂ||
Divisional Inspector of Factories
|Sec 85 factories||Regional Joint Director of Factories & Boilers||Regional Joint Director of Factories & Boilers||Divisional Inspector of Factories.|
Transfer, amendment and issue of duplicate licence are done by the concerned regional Joint Director of Factories & Boilers. (see fee schedule). The authority to suspend licence is Director of Factories & Boilers. The application to be forwarded through Inspector of Factories & Boilers or directly. Application for licence has to be submitted after completion of construction.
- Application in Form No. 2 (3 copies)
- Licence fee vide remitted chalan (as per fee schedule)
- Stability certificate in Form No. 3
- Documents to prove ownership
- The validity of licence in for one year.
- The licence may be renewed for a period upto 5 years.
- Licence fees and renewal fee are the same.
- The documents for renewal has to be submitted on or before 31 st October every year. The application
received after that date will be accepted only with additional fee as given below.
- Before the expiry of the licence period (up to December 31 st) - 25% of the normal fees as addtional fee.
- After the expiry of the licence period (after December 31 st) - 50% of the normal fees as additional fee.
For Services under the indian Boiler Act
- Registration and certification of Boiles as per the purview in the Indian Boiler Act and the rules framed under the Indian Boiler Regulations 1950. Folder shall be submitted to the Director of Factories & Boilers with the requested fee as per the schedule. Steam line drawings shall also submitted for approval (scrutiny fee-see schedule)
- Annual inspection and certification and is carried out by the Inspectors concerned. (see fee schedule)
- For manufacture of Boilers Design drawings (4 copies) should be submitted for the approval with design,
- calculations (scrutiny fee is same as inspection fee)
- Stage inspection fee- 4 times the inspection fee.
1. Half yearly returns - Form No. 22
To be submitted in duplicate before15 th July to the concerned Divisional Inspector of Factories & Boilers /Additional Inspector of Factories And Boilers.
2.Annual return: - Form No. 21
To be submitted in duplicate before 31 st January to the concerned Divisional Inspector of Factories & Boilers /Additional Inspector of Factories And Boilers
1. The Factories Act, 1948
2. The Indian Boilers Act 1923
3. The Environment Protection Act 1986
4. The Payment of Wages Act 1936
5. The Maternity Benefit Act 1961
6. The Dangerous Machine (Regulation) Act 1983
7. The Labour Laws(Exemption From Furnishing Returns and Maintaining Registers by Certain Establishments) Act 1988
8. The Unregistered Cashewnut Factories (Prohibition) Act 1967 (State Act)
1. The Kerala Factories Rules, 1957
2. The Kerala Factories (Welfare Officers) Rules, 1957
3. The Kerala Factories (Major Accident Hazard Control) Rules, 2003.
4. The Kerala Boiler Rules 1967
5. The Kerala Boiler Attendant Rules 1957
6. The Kerala Boiler Operation Engineers Rules 1957
7. The Kerala Economiser Rules 1957
8. The Kerala Dangerous Machines (Regulation) Rules, 1990
9. The Payment of Wages (Procedure) Rules 1937
10. The Kerala Maternity Benefit Rules 1958
11. The Environment (Protection) Rules 1986
13. The Manufacture, Storage and Import of hazardous Chemicals Rules 1989
15. The Chemical Accidents (Emergency Planning Preparedness and Response) Rules 1996
In addition to this, an Industrial Hygiene Laboratory Complex is functioning under the control of a Joint Director of Factories and Boilers (Medical). This was set up in 1984 under the ILO/ UNDP Project. In the wake of Bhopal gas disaster, on the direction and
assistance of the Central Govt., the F&B department was implementing two plan schemes namely Industrial Hygiene Laboratories and Safety and Health Accident Reduction Action (SAHARA) Plan. Subsequently the plan schemes were combined under the project name Industrial Hygiene & Hazard Control Action (IH& HCA) Plan in 1991-1992 during the VIIIth Five year plan. This was followed by the Occupational Safety and Health Action (OSHA) Planin the IXth Five year Plan and is continuing in the Xth Five year plan also.
The Industrial Hygiene Laboratory, the Full safety Control System Cell. The Medical Division and the Chemical Division constitute the IHL Complex. The objective is to ensure the maximum safety and health protection of industrial workers and nearby population by minimising hazards in general and Major Accident Hazards (MAH) in particular.
The main activities of the IHL are:
1.Priority Inspection in MAH Factories
2.Conducting air monitoring studies in hazardous factories to assess the level of chemical pollutants as well
as other physical parameters like heat, noise etc in work-room air.
3.Conducting training programmes, workshops, seminars etc. for industrial workers, management personnel and Departmental Officers on topics related to Industrial Safety & Occupational Health, First-aid, Major Accident Hazard Control etc. The programmes are arranged in the IHL Complex and in factories.
|1.||Priority Inspection in MAH Factories|
|2.||Conducting air monitoring studies in hazardous factories to assess the level of chemical pollutants as well as other physical parameters like heat, noise etc in work-room air.|
|3.||Conducting training programmes, workshops, seminars etc. for industrial workers, management personnel and Departmental Officers on topics related to Industrial Safety & Occupational Health, First-aid, Major Accident Hazard Control etc. The programmes are arranged in the IHL Complex and in factories.|
The Full Safety Control System Cell
The Cell has its headquarters at IHL Complex with a Technical Officer (Chemical), Technical Assistant (Chemical) and two Chemical Inspectors, and Regional set up consisting of one Chemical Inspector, Inspector of Factories & Boilers GradeII and Medical Officer. The Cell conducts identification of hazardous and Major Accident Hazard factories /installations for taking necessary action as laid down under the various statues.
The Medical Division looks after the health of the Industrial workers through its set up consisting of the Joint Director of Factories & Boilers (Medical) and one medical officer attached to the IHL Complex and one Medical Officers each the regional safety cell. The Medical Officer are under the Technical control of Joint Director of Factories & Boilers (Medical). Medical exams of workers as per rules are carried out by the Medical Officer / certifying surgeons. Medical exam fee has to be remitted by the Occupier (Rs. 30/- per workers) (Head of account 0230-00-104)ad forwarded chalan receipt to the Joint Director of Factories & Boilers(Medical), Kumarapuram, Trivandrum 11.
Insurance Medical Services DepartmentEmployees State Insurance Scheme of India is the country's first integrated multi-dimensional social security scheme for workers in the organized sector. Medical care under this scheme is implemented in the State of Kerala through the Insurance Medical Services.
ESI scheme started functioning in Kerala State on 16-09-1956 in seven centres. In due course of time the scheme was implemented in all major centres in the State.
For the effective implementation of the scheme a separate department was formed on 1-04-1985 namely Insurance Medical Services under the administrative control of Labour department, Government of Kerala, prior to which the scheme was implemented through State Health Services department. The Insurance Medical Services department provides total medical care to the insured persons and their dependents through a vast and widespread network of ESI dispensaries and hospitals within the vicinity of their residential areas, in addition to providing inpatient care. It provides protection to the beneficiaries in contingencies such as sickness, maternity or death and disablement due to employment injury or occupational disease.
It is the most affordable social security system with lowest contribution rate for multiple health insurance benefits. It takes care of insured persons and their dependents from day one of entering employment. It is the only health insurance scheme that offers full medical care to workers and their family members without any ceiling on individual expenditure. ESI scheme in the state fully finances those cases requiring advanced or super-speciality treatment which is not available in the ESI hospitals.