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workforce: Post April 20, focus is on return of young workforce: Labour Ministry

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New Delhi: The labour ministry will soon issue directives to factories and establishments on standard operating procedures (SOPs) for workers that need to be followed when industrial activity resumes after April 20.

A government official told ET that the directives will focus on ensuring return of young workers staying in the vicinity of the establishments while senior staff members may be advised to work from home, if possible.

Mothers with young children may, however, not be asked to return to work in the first round.

“Work shifts may get longer with scattered workforce as we focus on social distancing,” said the official, who did not wish to be identified. Field officers of labour ministry will be advised to ensure that the guidelines are strictly adhered to.

“They will undertake random checks at factories to see whether companies are complying with the prescribed guidelines while maintaining social distancing norms,” said the official.


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