Authority of Inspectors to Penalize on Minor Issues, i.e. placing of spitoons, grade of whitewash etc. has been abolished

Reform ID B062
Reform Description  Authority of Inspectors to Penalize on Minor Issues Abolished

Before: Pre-Partition Factories Act prescribed minute details like placement of spittoons and grading of whitewash. Inspectors used to penalize businesses for small violations.

After: Businesses have been permitted to make hygiene related measures as per best practices. Now inspectors cannot challan businesses on lesser no. of spittoons or specific grade of whitewash.

Sector  Manufacturing Sector
Beneficiaries All Business
Jurisdiction/Location  Balochistan
Department  Directorate General Labour Welfare, Balochistan
Date of Implementation  14-07-2021 (Punjab), 28-06-2021 (KP), 06-07-2021 (Balochistan)
Details Difficulty ●      With factories now moving towards automation, some requirements under the relevant Factories Act are redundant or no longer necessary. One such requirement is that of keeping spittoons or specification of whitewashing grades etc.

●      For automated factories, this is a nuisance as it contradicts the automated/modern practices they have introduced in the factory.

Analysis ●      After discussions it was decided that the law needs to be made more flexible. Inspectors should not call out factory management for not placing spittoons, as it is unnecessary.
Solution  ●      Whether to have spittoons or not or where to locate them should be at the discretion of the factory management. It is no longer mandated by the law and cannot be penalized by inspectors.

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