Frame policy for providing employment to Mill Workers: HC

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Mumbai, Jan 17 (UNI) The Bombay High Court today directed the state government to frame appropriate policy for providing employment to erstwhile textile mill workers or any of their dependent, as stipulated under Development Control Regulation (DCR), for the city.

A division bench comprising Chief Justice Swatantra Kumar and Justice J P Deodhar also directed the petitioner organisation Girni Kamgar Karmachari Niwara Hakka Samiti to prepare a list of such workers or their dependents with all details of their qualifications and skills, within three months and hand it over to the Urban Development Department (UDD) secretary.

The UDD secretary has been directed to convene a meeting of all stake holders, including representatives of workers, mill owners and other concerned, to frame appropriate policy to implement the provisions of DCR providing for employment to erstwhile mill workers or their dependents.

The Samiti had moved High Court for seeking appropriate orders, as none among the roughly 30 thousand mill workers or their dependents have been absorbed in diversified businesses that cropped up in place of textile mills in the metropolis. The DCR 58 had laid down specific condition for diversifying or redeveloping mill lands in Mumbai.

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