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State Care For Motor Drivers

Bhubaneswar: Bishnupada Sethi, Principal Secretary Commerce & Transport has said that the State Government has initiated actions for welfare of the drivers working in the unorganized sector.

Mr.Sethi briefed details in the high level meeting held under the Chairmanship of Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mahapatra in Lokseba Bhawan conference hall.

Principal Secretary Commerce and Transport Mr.Sethi outlined the legal and financial issues for discussions.

Considering different contours of the issue, Chief Secretary directed the department to draft a comprehensive action plan in the perspectives of Odisha Motor Transport Workers Rule.

Mr.Mahapatra also directed to propose amendment to the existing rules for facilitating roll out of the welfare measures. The departments of Commerce and Transport and Law were asked to examine details of the legal, financial and administrative aspects for making the scheme smooth and seamless. It was decided to assess the number of drivers working in the transport organizations. Transport Commissioner was asked to draft the scheme and required amendments in the Rules in about a week.

Principal Secretary Finance, Vishal Kumar Dev, Transport Commissioner Arun Bothra, along with senior officers from concerned departments participated in the deliberations. Secretary Labor and ESI Chitra Arumugam, and Labor Commissioner N Thirumala Naik joined the deliberation through video conferencing.