With rising temperatures, Kerala govt modifies work-hours for labourers

With rising temperatures, Kerala govt modifies work-hours for labourers

Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala government on Wednesday decided to reschedule the working hours for labourers in the state effective immediately till April 30, considering the rising daytime temperatures.

Labour Commissioner S Chitra issued the order to avoid incidences of sunstroke among those workers who are exposed to the hot sun.

The average temperature across the state hovered around 33 degrees Celsius on Wednesday.

The order was issued under section 24 and 25 of the Minimum Wages Act, 1958. The sections deal with the working hours of labourers.

"As per the order, the working hours of the labourers have been rescheduled for the period starting from February 17 to April 30. The eight hours of duty will be from 7am to 7pm with a mandatory break of three hours from 12 noon to 3pm," a state government statement said.

However, labourers working in areas located 3,000 feet above sea level are exempt from the restrictions, the order issued by Chitra said.

Regular inspection will be conducted in the construction sector, including roads, and three teams for the same will be constituted in each district, the statement said.

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