Haryana Starts ‘Self Certification Scheme’

IAS Prelims 2023

Haryana Government has formulated ‘Self Certification Scheme’ for the factories, shops and commercial establishments in the State to liberalize the enforcement of labour laws.

Objective of this scheme is to curtail visits of government officials for inspection of those units who opt for this scheme without compromising on the safety, health, social security and welfare of the workers as provided under the various labour enactments.

The scheme would be optional and any employer or entrepreneur employing less than 250 workers can opt for this scheme and apply online.

Any discrepancy in the application or enclosures would be communicated to the applicant within 15 days from the receipt of the application.

In case no discrepancy was so communicated, the applicant would deemed to have been enrolled under the scheme. Once opted, the same would be valid for five years.

Main Features:

The scheme would be valid for Factories Act, 1948, Minimum Wages Act, 1948, Payment of Wages Act, 1936, Contract Labour (Regulation & Abolition) Act, 1970, Payment of Bonus Act 1965, Payment of Gratuity Act, 1972, Maternity Benefit Act, 1961, Child Labour (Prohibition & Regulation) Act, Shops & Commercial Establishments Act, 1958.

The scheme would be effective prospectively from the date of online submission of application. Initially, the employer or entrepreneur may apply for the scheme till December 31, 2016.

Afterwards, the application would be received only from January 1 to March 31 every year.

Not more than five per cent of the factories or establishments so covered under the scheme would be picked up randomly for inspection yearly.

Once inspected, the same factory or establishment was not likely to be inspected in the next five years.

However, on specific complaints, accidents, dangerous occurrences, violation of Labour Laws, inspection may be conducted only with prior approval of Labour Commissioner-cum- Chief Inspector of Factories, Haryana.

The factories which do not desire to opt for the scheme would continue to be inspected as per the departmental inspection policy.