3 dies while 11 workers injured on average during 2017-2022; NHRC takes cognisance

New Delhi: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) took notice of a media report claiming that at least 3 people died and 11 were injured each day on an average between 2017 and 2022, due to accident in the registered factories of the country.

The commission mentioned that there were 3,331 deaths, reportedly between 2018 and 2020 but only 14 people were imprisoned for offences under the Factories Act, 1948.

The NHRC mentioned that this data was provided by those companies only who have registered themselves while it also highlighted that 90% workers in India are employed in the informal sector.

“Even after two years of passing the new occupational safety and health code, it is yet to be implemented.” read the press release.

Along with this, the commission expressed concern over the violation of human rights of workers in various business enterprises including factories.

“Human rights risk can be mitigated at the stage of structuring contracts or other agreements between employers and employees within the purview of law giving due importance to the concept of Business and Human Rights,” added the press release.

The NHRC has issued notice to the Secretary, Union Ministry of Labour & Employment to submit an action taken report with regard to the implementation of the occupational Safety Health and Working Conditions Code and the measures taken / to be taken for improving the human rights conditions in respect of the factory workers across the country.

The response is expected within six weeks. The notice have been issued to states and union terriroties as well.

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