Labour

Labour Department, Government of West Bengal is dedicated to the cause of the toiling masses, and for providing them better standard of living through various laws and schemes implemented by different wings under its control.

Scholarship for employees of West Bengal Labour Welfare Board

West Bengal Labour Welfare Board will allow Son’s & Daughters of the employees, who are contributing to the West Bengal Labour Welfare Fund, Scholarship/Stipend for the course from Higher Secondary, Post Graduate, Medical, Engineering & Diploma Courses approved by this Board.

West Bengal Labour Welfare Board
P-3, C.I.T Scheme-VII (M), Kankurgachi, Kolkata-54
Ph No: 033-2320-7663/7624

NOTICE

SCHOLARSHIP/STIPEND

West Bengal Labour Welfare Board will allow Son’s & Daughters of the employees, who are contributing to the West Bengal Labour Welfare Fund, Scholarship/Stipend for the course from Higher Secondary, Post Graduate, Medical, Engineering & Diploma Courses approved by this Board.

Conditions:-1) Yearly income of the contributing employee shall not exceed Rupees One Lac Twenty Thousand, 2) Minimum 65% Marks in Secondary Examination 3) Minimum 55% Marks in HS & Above Examination (Relaxation of 5% Marks for Students whose Guardian/Father/Mother are residents and employed in North Bengal).For Stipend: – 1) Yearly income not exceeding rupees Seventy two thousand, 2) Pass in Examination of the Board/University.

Candidate may apply in prescribed forms which will be available on production of Marks-sheet from 1) Head Office of the Board at above mentioned address, 2) Siliguri regional office of West Bengal Labour Welfare Board at Dagapur Complex, Post: Pradhan Nagar, Dist: Darjeeling, 3) All the Labour Welfare Centres of The Board, 4) From the official website of the Board-www.wblwb.org.
***Candidates who are continuing the courses should apply freshly in prescribed form for Scholarship/Stipend for each subsequent year of the Course. Recipients of Scholarship/Stipend from any other sources will not be eligible for the Scholarship/stipend of the Board.

Last date of receiving application: – 31st January, 2014.

BOOK GRANT

The Board also invites applications for awarding Book Grant to the students of class IX & X from the families of workers who are contributing to West Bengal Labour Welfare Fund.

Conditions: –

i. Yearly Income of the contributing employee shall not exceed Rs.78,000 /-(Seventy eight thousand) only;
ii. The student must secure Pass Marks in the annual examination in the School.

Candidates should apply in prescribed form which will be available from the locations stated above.

Last date of receiving application: – 31st March, 2014.

Amount of Book Grant: a) For Class IX – Rs.200/- & b) For Class X – Rs.250/- only.

REST ROOM

Hon’ble Minister-in-Charge, Labour Department & Chairman of the West Bengal Labour Welfare Board has kindly consented to inaugurate a Rest Room for the workers contributing to the Welfare Fund, on the ground floor of the Head Office at Kankurgachi on 23/12/2013 at 11 A.M.

For details please contact in above locations.

P.P. Bhaumik
Welfare Commissioner

Source

West Bengal Scheme for Compassionate Appointment, 2013

Applicable to a dependent family member of a Govt. employee who – (a) dies while in service; or (b) is disabled permanently or otherwise incapacitated rendering him unfit to continue in service prematurely on being declared permanently incapacitated by a Medical Board formed by the Govt.

Government of West Bengal
Labour Department

No. 251-Emp. Date: 03.12.2013

NOTIFICATION

The Governor is pleased hereby to make the following scheme regulating the appointment on compassionate ground in supersession of all previous orders in this respect :

Scheme

1) Short title and commencement -

This scheme may be called the West Bengal Scheme for Compassionate Appointment, 2013. This will come into force with effect from the date of issue.

2) Application -

This shall apply to a dependent family member of a Government employee who –

(a) dies while in service; or

(b) is disabled permanently or otherwise incapacitated rendering him unfit to continue in service prematurely on being declared permanently incapacitated by a Medical Board formed by the Government.

3) Definition -

“Dependent Family Member” means

(a) spouse; or

(b) son (including legally adopted son before death or incapacitation); or

(c) unmarried daughter (including legally adopted unmarried daughter before death or incapacitation); or

(d) married daughter who on date of death or incapacitation was unmarried; or

(e) brother or sister in case of death in harness of an unmarried employee provided his/her parent, all the brothers and sisters were fully dependent on him/her,

– who was wholly dependent on the Government employee at the time of his death in harness or incapacitation, as the case may be, and is in need of immediate financial assistance at the time of making application and also at the time of consideration.

(f) “Government employee” for the purpose of this scheme means a Government employee appointed on regular basis and not the one working on daily wage or casual or apprentice or ad-hoc or contract or re-employment basis.

4) Posts to which such appointments can be made -

Such appointments can be made to Group-C and Group-D posts only in the exempted category vacancies.

5) Authority competent to make compassionate appointment -

Respective appointing authorities for Group-C and Group-D employees shall be the appointing authority to the eligible candidates after observance of the procedure in this scheme. However, approval of the Minister-in-Charge or Minister-of-State in charge of the respective Departments would be necessary in all cases of compassionate appointment.

6) Eligibility -

(a) The family is indigent and deserves immediate assistance for relief from financial destitution. For this any of the following two conditions is to be satisfied.

(i) The monthly income of the family falls below 90 per cent of the gross monthly salary of the employee before death or premature retirement.
(ii) The monthly income of the family falls below the minimum salary of a Group-D employee (in case of Group-D employees) or the minimum salary of a Lower Division Clerk (in case of employees other than those belonging to the Group-D).

The gross monthly salary, for the purpose of this definition shall mean, basic pay (Band Pay + Grade Pay), dearness allowance, house rent allowance and medical allowance.

The monthly income of the family shall mean the aggregate of :

(I) Total family pension per month (Basic Pension and Dearness Relief, Medical Allowance).

(II) Monthly interest income @ 8% p.a. on the total amount received by the family after death of the employee or retirement of the incapacitated employee (Gratuity, Leave Encashment, any other payments excepting GPF).

Provided that, where an ex-employee had to incur medical expenses as indoor patient prior to and leading to his death/incapacitation, such expenses is deducted from the amount received. All such expenses must be supported by original receipt/Cash memo, hospital discharge Certificates.

(III) Monthly income from movable and immovable properties (the family members shall submit declaration on the matter).

(IV) Monthly income of the dependents of the ex-employee named in the application (the family members shall submit declaration on the matter).

(b) In case of premature retirement the concerned employee had at least two years of service left to reach the normal age of superannuation and should fulfill the following conditions.

(i) On premature retirement he/she would not be entitled to the full pensionary benefits to which he/she would have been entitled if he/she had retired at his/her normal age of superannuation.
(ii) He/she has fully exhausted all kinds of leave with pay including commuted leave on medical ground;
(iii) The financial conditions of the family is so acute as to make the appointment essential consequent upon the fall in income due to such retirement.

(c) Applicant for compassionate appointment should be eligible and suitable for the post in all respects under the provisions of the relevant recruitment rules.

Note : (a) Condonation of excess in age in case of eligible cases will be made by the respective head of the department or their subordinate Officer who are competent to make the compassionate appointment as per existing provision.

(b) Relaxation in educational qualification may be granted in eligible cases for appointment to Group ‘D’ post in consultation with the Finance Department.

(c) The dependent member shall invariably attain the minimum age for recruitment within six months from the date of death or incapacitation of the concerned employee.

7) Each department will set up a data bank in consultation with the NIC and assign identification no. to each case so that the cases are taken up on the basis of date of death or incapacitation.

8) Exemption -

Compassionate appointments are exempted form observance of the following requirements :-

(a) Recruitment procedure i.e. without the agency of the Public Service Commission/Staff Selection Commission/West Bengal Police Recruitment Board/West Bengal Health Recruitment Board or the Employment Exchange.

(b) Clearance from the Finance Department as applicable for regular filling up.

9) Determination/Availability of vacancies -

(a) Appointment on compassionate ground to Group-C post should be made only on probation as per existing rules and to Group-D post on regular basis and that is only after vacancies meant for in the exempted categories are available. The appointing authority will have the right to appoint a dependent either to a Group-C or a Group-D post even if the dependent is qualified for Group-C post.

(b) A person selected for appointment on compassionate ground should be adjusted in the recruitment roster against the appropriate category viz. SC/ST/OBC/General depending upon the category to which he belongs. For example, if he belongs to SC category he will be adjusted against the SC reservation point, if he is ST/OBC he will be adjusted against ST/OBC point and if he belongs to General category he will be adjusted against the vacancy point meant for General category.

(c) Appointment and posting : Posting on such appointment shall be made in the offices at the following levels :

  1. At Gram Panchayat
  2. At Block
  3. At Sub-division
  4. At District

It would be first considered for Gram Panchayat level offices and then in Sub-divisional level offices in case of non-availability of vacancy in former level offices and so on. In no case a candidate would be appointed in any upper level offices if vacancy is available in the lower level.

Appointment is to be made in the exempted category vacancies under the concerned Department. In case of non-availability of the same, appointment in other Departments may be made.

10) Procedure -

(a) If the family of the deceased or the employee retired on being permanently incapacitated is in need of financial assistance and the same is absolutely necessary to support the family, application for employment is to be submitted within six month from the date of death or retirement on permanent incapacitation. If no application is submitted within the said period it will be presumed that the family does not require any financial assistance. In no case application submitted after expiry of the above period will be entertained.

(b) Application is to be submitted in the prescribed proforma as in Annexure ‘A’ and ‘B’ as applicable through the Head of office. In case of death in harness such application must accompany copy of death certificate.

(c) Appointing authority will constitute three men Screening-cum-Enquiry Committee with his immediate subordinate officer and two other senior officials as members.

(d) While examining and enquiring the application for employment on compassionate ground, the Screening-cum-Enquiry Committee will take into consideration the financial condition of the family of the deceased or disabled or incapacitated employee following the provisions in this scheme to ascertain, if there is any immediate need of financial assistance for the family in the shape of employment. Such enquiry report is to be submitted as per Annexure ‘A’ and ‘B’ as applicable to the appointing authority within a period of three months from the date of making of application.

(e) The appointing authority will forward the case together with his views recorded in Annexure ‘A’ or ‘B’ as applicable to the Administrative Department concerned for consideration. If it is decided by the Administrative Department to be a fit case for offering employment suitable vacancy is to be identified as per para 9 hereinbefore and send the case to the concerned appointing authority thereafter for offering appointment.

11) Undertaking -

A person appointed on compassionate ground under this scheme must give an undertaking initially and every year thereafter by 15th January, in writing that he will properly maintain the other family members who were dependent on the Government employee in question and in case it is proved subsequently at any time that the family members are being neglected or are not being maintained properly by him/her, service may be terminated for violation of such undertaking following the procedure in West Bengal Services (Classification, Control and Appeal) Rules, 1971.

Such yearly declaration should contain an undertaking signed by all the dependent family members that they are being maintained by the person so appointed on compassionate ground to the utmost satisfaction and there is no complaint in this regard. (Annexure ‘C’)

12) Request for change in post/person -

(a) When a person has been appointed on compassionate ground to a particular post, the set of circumstances, which led to such appointment, should be deemed to have ceased to exist and he will be guided by the service rules, orders, guidelines etc. as are applicable to other employee of the State Government.

(b) An appointment offered/made on compassionate ground cannot be transferred to any other person and any such request shall be rejected.

13) Missing Government Servant -

Cases of missing Government servants are also covered under this scheme for compassionate appointment subject to the following conditions

(a) A request to grant the benefit of compassionate appointment can be considered only after a lapse of at least 2 years from the date from which the Government servant has been missing, provided that:

(i) an FIR to this effect has been lodged with the police,
(ii) the missing person is not traceable as per report of the police and
(iii) the competent authority feels that the case is genuine.

(b) This benefit will not be applicable to the case of a Government servant

(i) who had less then 5 years to retire on the date from which he has been missing; or
(ii) who is suspected to have committed fraud, or suspected to have joined any terrorist organisation or suspected to have gone aboard or suspected to have gone missing for having employment of a dependent on compassionate ground.

(c) Proforma at Annexure ‘E’ may be used for application. The three men Committee will submit enquiry report as per the said Annexure and decision on the same is to be taken following the procedure stated in the preceding paragraphs.

14) General -

(a) All the departments will furnish number of all undisposed cases in the proforma at Annexure ‘D’ within 15 days from the date of issue’ of this scheme and submit the same in every year by 15th of January of the concerned year. Application submitted more than two years after death/incapacitation prior to issue of Notification No. 30-EMP. dated 02.04.2008 will not be entertained.

(b) The undisposed cases before 01.01.2005 excepting those which are covered in sub-para (a) of this para above will be enquired into afresh to ascertain, if need for financial assistance in the form of compassionate ground still exists. Such enquiry is to be completed within a period of three months.

(c) Compassionate appointment in any case would not be a matter of right but it will be subject to fulfillment of all the conditions, enquiries, availability of vacancy at the appropriate level etc.

(d) Final approval for appointment on compassionate ground shall be taken only at the level of the Secretary/Principal Secretary/Additional Chief Secretary of the Department with the approval of the concerned Minister-in-Charge or Minister-of-State in charge of the concerned Department.

15) Seniority

The Inter-se seniority of persons appointed on compassionate ground will be fixed with reference to their date of joining the post.

16) This order issues with the concurrence of Finance Department vide their UO No 2942 Gr.-P(2) dated 03.12.2013.

By order of the Governor

Sd/- Sanjay Mitra
Chief Secretary to the
Government of West Bengal

No. 251-Emp dated 03.12.2013, Source

Yuva Utsaha Prakalpa (YUP) 2013

The Directorate of Employment under the Labour Department, Government of West Bengal shall implement the Yuva Utsaha Prakalpa (YUP) 2013 scheme.

Government of West Bengal
Labour Department
Writers’ Buildings, Kolkata-700001

No. 175-Emp Dated: 29.08.2013.

RESOLUTION

The state Government has set up Employment Bank, a web based job portal, for the jobseekers of the state to increase their employment opportunity in all possible manners. The response of the job-seekers has been overwhelming and they have registered their names in the Employment Bank job-portal in huge numbers. It has been under active consideration of the Government to provide Unemployment Assistance to the enrolled job-seekers of Employment Bank so that they can increase their employability or become suitable to set up Self-employment ventures by upgrading their level of skills through skill training. After careful consideration of the matter, the Governor is pleased to introduce a scheme titled “Yuva Utsaha Prakalpa (YUP)-2013” to be implemented throughout the state of West Bengal with effect from 01.10.2013, the details of which are given below:-

1. OBJECTIVE:

The objective of the scheme is to provide unemployment assistance to the enrolled jobseekers of Employment Bank to enable them to upgrade their level of skill in order to make them employable or suitable for setting up of self -employment ventures.

2. SHORT TITLE:

The scheme may be known as the “YUVA UTSAHA PRAKALPA (YUP)-2013

3. IMPLEMENTING AGENCY:

The Directorate of Employment under the Labour Department, Government of West Bengal shall implement the scheme.

4. DEFINITIONS:

In this scheme unless the context otherwise requires,

i) ‘Applicant’ means a jobseeker enrolled with the Employment Bank and applied for financial assistance under this scheme.

ii) ‘Department’ means the Labour Department, government of West Bengal.

iii) ‘Directorate’ means the Directorate of Employment, West Bengal.

iv) ‘Employment Bank’ means the web based job portal established and owned by the Government of West Bengal.

v) ‘Family’ means parents, spouse, sons, daughters, dependent brothers and sisters.

vi) ‘Job seeker” means a person enrolled as ‘job seeker’ with the Employment Bank.

vii) “Institute” means a government or private establishment suitable for imparting training to the applicants of this scheme.

viii) “Prescribed” means prescribed by instructions issued in this regard by the State Government/ Directorate of Employment, West Bengal.

ix) “Skill” means technical knowledge, both theoretical and practical in any trade/ job.

x) “SDO” means Sub Divisional Officer of the Sub Divisions of West Bengal.

xi) “Central Management Cell” means the nodal cell attached to the Employment Bank

xii) “Kolkata District” means area comprising within Kolkata Municipal Corporation Jurisdiction.

5. ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA:

A) In order to be eligible to apply for unemployment assistance under this scheme a person should conform to the following criteria:-

1. He/She must be unemployed and a resident of West Bengal.

2. He/She should be enrolled with the Employment Bank as ‘job seeker’.

3. His /Her Educational Qualification should be Class VIII pass and above.

4. Should be between 18-45 years of age on the 1st day of April of the year in which he/she is considered under the scheme.

5. He/ She has not availed financial assistance /loan under any state/central government sponsored Self-Employment scheme.

B) Only one member of a family is eligible to receive assistance under the scheme.

6. PERIOD AND QUANTUM OF ASSISTANCE:

6.1. Subject to fulfilment of the aforesaid eligibility criteria an individual may receive unemployment assistance under the scheme @ Rupees 1500/-(one thousand five hundred) per month.

6.2. If a certain recipient of unemployment assistance under the scheme becomes ineligible for reasons whatsoever, he/she must forthwith bring the fact to the notice of Employment Bank authority /Sub Divisional Officer concerned and shall not draw the assistance with effect from the date he/she has become ineligible for the assistance.

6.3. It is expected that the recipient will upgrade his/her skill subsequently under any of the Skill Development programmes of the state government / private training institutes and increase his/her employability.

6.4. The recipient shall submit to the office of the SDO/Joint Director of Employment, Kolkata a self-declaration (Annexure-III) in every six months, so that periodic review could be made to ascertain –

a. as to whether the recipient is utilizing the financial assistance for the right cause and undergoing some training course/s to upgrade his/her skill

b. as to whether the recipient still conforms to the eligibility criteria to receive unemployment assistance under the scheme.

7. COVERAGE:

The scheme will cover the entire state of West Bengal.

8. HOW TO APPLY:

8.1. Subject to fulfilment of the above mentioned eligibility criteria a desirous applicant may apply for unemployment assistance in a prescribed form (Annexure-I) to be available in the Employment Bank web portal along with Unemployment certificate (Annexure-II).

8.2. The “Central Management Cell”, at the outset, will prepare a District/Sub Division -wise list of the first one lakh enrolled job-seekers from the Employment Bank database and inform them, through e-mail/SMS that they can apply for Unemployment Assistance subject to fulfilment of the eligibility criteria. For those Jobseekers, borne in the aforesaid list and having no mobile phone number or e-mail ID, the SDO/Joint Director of Employment, Kolkata shall inform them by post in due course.

8.3. The Labour Department will simultaneously publish advertisement in the Newspapers to disseminate all relevant information including eligibility criteria, date and mode of submission of application etc.

8.4. Applicants will submit their filled in applications with required documents to the office of the Sub Divisional Officer concerned / Joint Director of Employment, Kolkata within the specified time period. He/She shall have to possess a bank account in his/her name with any nationalized bank, preferably S.B.I.

9. SELECTION OF BENEFICIARIES:

9.1. The State Government will provide Unemployment Assistance to a maximum of one lakh jobseekers annually.

9.2. In case of Kolkata District, the Joint Director of Employment Kolkata shall be the sanctioning authority. For the rest of West Bengal, concerned SDOs shall act as sanctioning authority.

9.3. The selection of the applicants shall be done strictly on ‘First come, first served’ basis taking into account the date and time of enrolment of the applicant in the Employment Bank and on fulfilment of the eligibility criteria laid down in this regard.

9.4. Whenever a recipient becomes employed or otherwise becomes ineligible for Unemployment Assistance, next job-seeker enrolled in the Employment Bank will be considered for this assistance within the quota of one lakh.

10. VERIFICATION OF APPLICATIONS AND SANCTIONING OF UNEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE:

10.1. The SDO of the concerned Sub Division/Joint Director of Employment, Kolkata after receiving applications from the enrolled job-seekers will scrutinize them to ascertain as to whether the applicants are eligible for the assistance and verify from the list prepared by the ‘Central management Cell’ as to whether the applicant is within the first one lakh job-seekers enrolled in the Employment Bank. The Joint/Deputy Director of Employment-In charge of the District shall provide the SDO with the authenticated list of such Job -Seekers pertaining to his Sub-Division. In case of Kolkata, the Director, Employment will provide the list to the Joint Director of Employment, Kolkata.

10.2. After being satisfied about their eligibility the SDO/Joint Director of Employment, Kolkata shall sanction each and every application and prepare a list of eligible applicants which will contain- enrolment number, name of the applicant, name of the head of the family he/she belongs to, date of birth, bank account number, IFS code of the bank etc.

10.3. Immediately thereafter the SDO/Joint Director of Employment will send a requisition of actual requirement of fund to the Director of Employment.

11. MAINTENANCE OF REGISTERS:

11.1. A book record (Register EB-I) shall be prepared and maintained by the office of the SDO/Joint Director of Employment, Kolkata for the job-seekers who have submitted applications for Unemployment Assistance and the cases sanctioned/rejected.

11.2. The SDO/Joint Director of Employment, Kolkata will maintain necessary Books of Account as per standard practice laid down in the West Bengal Financial Rules.

12. PROVISION OF FUND:

On the basis of the District/ Sub-Division-wise list of enrolled job seekers prepared by the ‘Central Management Cell’ of the Employment Bank and on receipt of requisition from the SDOs/Joint Director of Employment Kolkata, the Director of Employment will calculate the amount of fund required to provide Unemployment Assistance to the job-seekers of each Sub Division/Kolkata and for the state as a whole and approach the Administrative Department for allotment of fund. The Labour Department will augment the budget and after obtaining sanction from the Finance Department, make the fund available to the Director of Employment.

13. MODE OF PAYMENT:

Payment of Unemployment Assistance would be made directly in the Bank Accounts of the applicants through Electronic Fund Transfer System. The procedure to be followed is enumerated below:-

a) Director of Employment shall open one Fund Transfer (F/T) Account (Current Account) centrally with State Bank of India in Kolkata.

b) For operation of the scheme at the Sub -Division level, similar Fund Transfer Accounts have to be opened with the S.B.I by the SDOs of all Sub Division of the state. After the opening of such F/T bank accounts, the SDOs shall apprise the Director of Employment, West Bengal about the details of the bank account Viz. Account Number, Name of the Bank Branch, IFS Code etc. In case of Kolkata, such F/T Account shall be opened by Joint Director of Employment, Kolkata.

c) On receipt of the Budgetary allotment in the process as stated in Para 12.1, the Directorate of Employment will draw the required amount of money by submitting Bill in prescribed manner (T.R. FORM NO.36(A) to the Kolkata Pay and Accounts office.

d) The cheque received from the Pay and Accounts office shall be deposited to the State level Fund Transfer(F/T) account with an ‘advice’ to transfer the fund to the F/T accounts of the SDOs of all the Sub-Divisions /Joint Director of Employment, Kolkata of the state. A ‘Disbursement Report’ may be obtained from the bank after complete transfer of fund is made to the bank accounts of the SDOs/ Joint Director of Employment, Kolkata District.

e) As soon as the fund is received /credited to the F/T account of the Sub- Division ,the SDO / Joint Director of Employment, Kolkata District will submit similar ‘advice’ to the bank in the prescribed manner (Statement-I for the applicants having accounts with S.B.I branches and Statement-II for the applicants having accounts with other nationalised bank branches) to credit the amount to the accounts of individual beneficiaries opened in various nationalised banks, preferably State Bank of India.

f) The ‘Disbursement Report’ may be collected by the SDOs / Joint Director of Employment, Kolkata District from all the banks where Sub-Divisional level F/T accounts are being operated and the remaining balance, if any, after fund transfer to the bank accounts of all the applicants may be intimated within 15 days to the Director of Employment directly or through the Joint/Deputy Director of Employment -in charge of the District.

g) In case of opening of Bank Accounts proposed as above, the provisions made in the Finance (Audit) Department Memo No. 675-F dt. 22.01.2008 may be observed.

14. STATE LEVEL MONITORING COMMITTEE:

A state level monitoring committee may be set up by the Government to review and monitor the progress of the scheme at regular intervals. The composition of the monitoring committee would be decided upon in due course.

This order issues with the concurrence of Finance Department vide their U.O.No. 152 ,Group-‘L’ dated 13.08.2013and with the approval of the cabinet held on 29th August 2013.

ORDER

Ordered that the Resolution be published in the Official Gazette and sent to all concerned.

By order of the Governor

Sd/- Amal Roy Chowdhury
Secretary to the Government of West Bengal

Annexure – I: Application for Unemployment Assistance under the “Yuva Utsaha Prakalpa (YUP)-2013″ Scheme
Annexure – II: Certificate of Unemployment
Annexure – III: Self Declaration (To be submitted to the SDO/Joint Director of Employment, Kolkata after every six months)
Resolution, Source