The Calcutta High Court on 24.06.2020 issued an order by directing the state government regarding their ability towards the payment of wages to the workmen in the Jute Industry.
While hearing the Public Interest Litigation via video conferencing, the Hon’ble Chief Justice bench heard about that the workmen who were working in Jute Industry have not received their wages towards their work.
After hearing upon this, the Hon’ble Chief Justice Thottathil B. Radhakrishnan who led the bench directed the state government regarding wages to workmen. The following were the directions issued by the court:
• Directing the State Government to act through any Labour Commissioner or any authorized principal officer including the Principal Secretary of the Labour Department to seek understanding into this matter and enter into a meaningful dialogue with workmen who were working in the concerned jute industry and make sure about their payment of wages.
• This action has to be taken up immediately in right spirit, since the workmen who were working in the jute industry are facing some tough situations due to their non-payment of wages.
• This process of work should be completed as soon as possible and preferably within a period of four weeks from the date of receipt of this order by the state government.
• The state government shall play a positive and proactive role in this issue generating requisite motivation.
Since no useful purpose shall be served by keeping this matter, this court hereby disposing the Writ Petition keeping open all other issues that maybe available to the petitioners.