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Labour Com reviews preparation for Amarnathji Yatra, calls for hassle free registration of service providers

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STATE TIMES NEWS

JAMMU: Labour Commissioner, J&K Charandeep Singh on Wednesday chaired a preparatory meeting regarding Shri Amarnathji Yatra-2024 with the Labour Department Officials here.
Deputy Labour Commissioner Jammu, Deputy Labour Commissioner (Central), Deputy Director (Planning), Assistant Labour Commissioners of Ganderbal, Srinagar, Anantnag, Reasi, Doda, Kishwar, Ramban, Udhampur and Rajouri besides other officials were present.
Detailed deliberations were held regarding the Action Plan-2024 for Registration of Service Providers viz Ponywalas, Palkiwalas, Pithuwalas and Dandiwalas who come from various districts of Jammu & Kashmir and facilitate the Yatries in their journey to the Holy Cave of Shri Amarnathji from both the Pahalgam and the Baltal Axis each year.
The Labour Commissioner asked the officers and officials of the Labour Department to gear up for timely and hassle free registration of service providers for smooth conduct of the SANJY-2024.
“Labour Department has a significant role in the smooth conduct of the Yatra”, Labour Commissioner, J&K said and added that Labour Department will be facilitating advance Registration of Service Providers both in their native districts and also at camps located in Ganderbal and Anantnag Districts besides ensuring timely and hassle free issuance of RFID Cards in their favour in coordination with the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB) and concerned District Administrations.
Labour Commissioner instructed that as and when the dates for commencement of the Registration Process are finalized, the same shall be communicated to the service providers through the print and electronic media as well as social media.
While emphasising on better coordination with other line Departments with regard to contractors and contract workers hired for different works for the Yatra-2024, the Labour Commissioner said that line Departments being the Principal Employers are required to share the list of all such contractors engaged by them with the Labour Department so that interest of contract workers are protected in terms of wages, hours of work and other basic amenities.
It was informed that during SANJY-2023, 32819 Service Providers were registered by the Labour Department including 15903 Ponywalas, 10023 Palki/Dandiwalas and 6893 Pithuwalas. Registration Camps for the purpose were established at Sonmarg, Kangan, Manigam, Gund, Gutlibagh and Baltal in District Ganderbal and Matigawran, Sallar, Khayar, Aishmuqam, Anantnag and Pahalgam in District Anantnag besides other district headquarters.

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