Shillong| The country’s sixth Regional Labour Institute will come up in Shillong.
The institute, to be set up by the Directorate General of Factory Advice Service and Labour Institute, would have its jurisdiction over all the eight Northeastern states, including Sikkim.
Laying the foundation stone for the project, Union Labour minister Bandaru Dattatreya on Saturday said the objective of setting up the institute is to strengthen the industrial safety and health in NE states.
The institute will impart training and consultancy services in the area of occupational safety and health. It will run long-term educational courses and professional programmes. The institute will have industrial safety, industrial hygiene, industrial medicine, industrial physiology, ergonomics, major hazard control and chemical safety, and health and environment exhibition centre divisions.
“Without safe and clean environment as well as healthy working conditions, social justice and economic growth cannot be achieved. Safe and healthy working environment is a fundamental human right,” Dattatreya said.
The institute will be equipped with modern classrooms, a library-cum-information centre and a webinar centre. The construction of the institute has been entrusted upon CPWD, Shillong and cost of the project is Rs 17.40 crore.
The land has been made available by Meghalaya government and the construction is expected to be completed by 2020.
The union minister said the new institute will help strengthen the safety and health movement in northeastern region by creating more and more skilled manpower.
The other five RLIs are located at Mumbai, Chennai, Kanpur, Kolkata and Faridabad.
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