Shri Piyush Goyal, Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal and New & Renewable Energy launched ‘Contract Labour Payment Management System’- a portal of Coal India Limited (CIL). Shri Goyal also felicitated employees of his Ministries, Public Sector Undertakings and organization/Statutory bodies for their path breaking work towards lighting up India in last two years.
Speaking on the occasion, Shri Piyush Goyal said that this portal is one more step to reach out in providing information to the people of India. He further added that it will curb problems like corruption and exploitation of labour by the contractors and help providing proper & timely wages to contractual workers . Through this portal , the wages will be calculated and credited directly in bank account of the all contractual labourers . The Minister urged all other PSUs and private sector organisations to replicate this portal and assured free of cost technical support. This portal will be made fully functional within 45 to 60 days , Shri Goyal added.
Congratulating the awardees, Shri Piyush Goyal said that our record breaking success is due to the contribution of dedicated workforce. The Minister said that this felicitation ceremony of recognising 44 employees from 34 organisations of 3 ministries from 26 states reflects the undaunting spirit of Team India.
Talking about the Coal production targets of CIL for current fiscal , Shri Piyush Goyal said that CIL is aiming at producing 598 million tonne coal . With this high coal production, he said that we are aiming to reduce coal import bill by Rs 40,000 crore this year as against Rs 28,000 crore during last year. Regarding status of Coal washeries, the Minister said that CIL is setting up 15 washeries , which will be completed by Ist October,2017 and we are going well on target.
On the occasion, Shri Piyush Goyal also made announcement for a series of upcoming mobile application/ web portals of his Ministries. He informed that the ministries are working to launch a Renewable Energy mobile application for solar and wind power bids and projects; a Transmission app to provide information regarding location of new transmission projects and Coal linkages auction web portal.
Features of Web Portal: The ‘Contract Labour Payment Management System’ web portal is created for monitoring compliance of labour payment and other benefits to the contract workers under the Contract Labour (Regulation & Abolition) Act. 1970. It is an integrated system for all subsidiaries of CIL. The in-house developed application will maintain a comprehensive database of all contract workers engaged by different contractors in CIL and all its subsidiaries. Central Mine Planning and Development Institute (CMPDI) the Ranchi based consultancy subsidiary of Coal India Limited shall maintain the portal.
The system has in-built mechanism to validate minimum wages paid, generate wage slips and employment card etc. of contract workers as required under the Act. The portal provides access to all contract workers, through a Workers Identification Number (WIN), to view their personal details and payment status. Contract workers can also register their grievance through this portal. The system extends facility to all citizens of the country to view a snapshot of contract works in CIL and subsidiaries, number of contract workers engaged, payment status, minimum wages paid etc. The Nodal Officer at different locations in the company will monitor the process and ensure compliance by all contractors. It has been planned to make payment to the contractors only after submitting a system generated declaration of compliance.
This will enhance proper monitoring of legal compliances under Contract Labour (Regulation & Abolition) Act, especially the payment of correct wages to the contract workers and PF deductions and deposit and other statutory obligations.