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Shri Mallikarjun Kharge to Present Vishwakarma Rashtriya Puraskar and National Safety Awards for the Performance Year 2010

New Delhi: September 14,2012

Union Labour and Employment Minister Shri Mallikarjun Kharge will give away the Vishwakarma Rashtriya Puraskar and national safety awards for the Performance Year 2010 at a function in Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi 0n Monday September 17th 2012.


The “Vishwakarma Rashtriya Puraskar” (VRP), (Previously known as Shram Veer National Awards) and “National Safety Awards” (NSA) have been instituted by the Union Ministry of Labour and Employment in 1965. The Awards Schemes are operated by the Technical Wing of the Ministry, namely, the Directorate General Factory Advice Service and Labour Institutes (DGFASLI), Mumbai- an attached office of the Ministry of Labour & Employment which renders advice/service to workers, their representatives & managements in factories and docks to humanize industrial activities by promoting safety & health at work.

The applications for Viswakarma Rashtriya Puraskar (VRP) & National Safety Awards (NSA) from eligible applicants are invited every year. For VRP, the management is required to send the application on behalf of the workers and for NSA; the management directly applies for awards under each scheme. The applications received for VRP as well as NSA are adjudged by a Tripartite Awards Committee constituted by the Ministry of Labour and Employment, comprising of representatives from Employers’ organizations, Employees’ Organisations and Central/State Governments. Besides the Tripartite representation, there are experts in the Committee from renowned institutions, Universities and Industries in the field of Safety, Health, Environment, Productivity and Quality.


VISHWAKARMA RASHTRIYA PURASKAR (VRP)


VRP is awarded in recognition of outstanding suggestions given by a worker or group of workers and implemented by the management during the previous calendar year (Performance year) resulting in improvement in quality, productivity and working conditions such as safety, health and environmental conservations in the industrial undertakings where “Suggestion Schemes” are in operations.


VRP is awarded in the form of cash prize and a certificate of merit in three categories: Class ‘A’ – Five (5) of Rs. 75,000/- each, Class ‘B’ – Eight (8) of Rs. 50,000/- each and Class ‘C’ – Fifteen (15) of Rs. 25,000/- each. There are 28 puraskars being shared by 118 winners out of a total of 162 applications received from different industries for the Performance Year 2010.


NATIONAL SAFETY AWARDS (NSA)


The NSA is given in recognition of outstanding safety performance of industrial establishments, construction sites, ports and installations under AERB to stimulate and maintain the interests of both the management and the workers in accident prevention programmes. The awards are given under twelve schemes, out of which ten are meant for Factories/Construction sites/Installations under AERB and two are for Ports. Under each award, a Shield and a Certificate of Merit is given to each of the Award Winners and Runners-up. The establishments are classified in different schemes on the basis of working of highest man-hours.


The criteria for presentation of these Awards is indicated as below:
· Lowest Average Frequency Rate over a period of three consecutive years ending in the contest year as compared to the National Average for that group of industries.
· Accident Free year based on man-hours worked during the contest year.


For the Performance year 2010, the total number of NSA Award Winners and Runners-up in all the ten schemes adds up to 86 (58 winners & 28 runners-up), which were selected out of 233 applications received under various schemes.
 

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