(Written by Prashant Rupera)
23 July 2014 – VADODARA: The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) along with the Gujarat Maritime Board (GMB) in association with the Employment and Labour Department of Gujarat government organized a one day conference on ‘Ship Recycling Code: implementation, challenges and the way forward’ at Bhavnagar on Wednesday.
The conference was organized to create awareness towards safety management in ship recycling with reference to roles and responsibilities of various concerned agencies involved in ship recycling.
Officials from GMB, director general of Factory Advise Safety and Labor Institute (DGFSALI), director of Industrial Safety and Health (DISH), Gujarat Pollution Control Board (GPCB), Petroleum Safety Organization (PESO) and Ship Recycling Industrial Association (SRIA) were present to disseminate their roles in ship breaking at the conference.
Speaking at the inaugural session Sanjay Prasad, principal secretary of Gujarat government’s labour and employment department said the state government has allocated a budget of Rs 30 crore for setting up an ESIC hospital in Alang.
Prasad announced that Gujarat government will set up Kaushalya Vardhan Kendras in Alang and start skill training for the workers involved in ship breaking through Mahatma Gandhi Labour Institute to upscale the quality of workers.
He added that he looks forward to the support from SRIA on these trainings and the adherence to the ship breaking code to make Alang an accident free zone for which he required the personal involvement of owners of ship recycling plots.