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Government Of Assam Labour Welfare Commissionerate of Labour

Job Chart and Responsibilities

Job Chart (Work Allocation & Duties) of the Commissionerate of Labour, Govt.of Assam.

The Activities of the Commissionerate of Labour, Assam are carried out through the Head office at Guwahati and District, sub-divisional & block level offices located across the state. The state level activities are taken up by the Head Office, which also monitors the functioning of the District, sub-divisional & block level offices. The primary functions of the offices are same, i.e.

  • To ensure good relationship between employers and employees through settlement of Industrial Disputes.
  • Quasi -judicial work
  • To enforce social security Acts including the Building and Other Construction Workers Act, 1996 & the Unorganised Workers Social Security Act, 2008 and implementation of various schemes
  • To eradicate child labour from the State of Assam
  • Dealing with the matters connected with the implementation of policy relating to special target groups.
  • Registration of establishment
  • Assessment of returns  

a) Head Office (HO)

The Commissionerate of Labour is headed by Labour Commissioner at the H.O level. All the state level activities conducted by the Commissionerate of Labour are regulated by the Labour Commissioner. At the H.O, the department has several functional units, namely Industrial Relations, Law, Monitoring and Welfare, Administration, Accounts, Statistics, Enforcement, Litigation and Public relations.

Labour Commissioner

The basic objective of the post of the Labour Commissioner as the head of the organization is to monitor the industrial relations in the State and to maintain a harmonious and peaceful industrial atmosphere through its quasi-judicial functions as a Conciliator. The Labour Commissioner is required to induce settlements between disputant parties leading to industrial and national growth.

The Labour Commissioner is also required to function as an administrator in monitoring the process of industrial peace keeping through subordinate offices and act as an Appellate Authority / Competent Authority / Specified Authority under different labour legislations such as :-

  • The Registrar under the Trade Union Act, 1926.
  • The Certifying Officer under the Industrial (S.O.) Act, 1946.
  • The Appellate Officer under the Contract Labour (R & A) act, 1970.
  • The Appellate Officer under the Inter State Migrant Workmen (R.E&C.S.)Act, 1979.
  • The Appellate Authority under the Equal Remuneration Act, 1970.
  • The Appellate Authority under the Payment of Gratuity Act, 1972.etc.

Besides, he is responsible for enforcement and monitoring of the implementation of the different labour laws of the State as the administrative head of the Department. The Labour Commissioner is made the Member Secretary of the Assam Building and Other Construction Workers’ Welfare Board formed under the provisions of the Act and is required to provide benefits to the workers engaged in construction works through multiple social welfare schemes adopted by the Board.

The Labour Commissioner in the Head office is assisted by an Additional Labour Commissioner, three(3) Deputy Labour Commissioner, one(1) Asst. Labour Commissioner (H.Q), one(1) Labour Welfare Officer and (1) Labour Inspector(Attached to the Commissionerate) in discharging his duties and responsibilities.

job chart
Sl No.Name of PostNumbers
1Labour Commissioner1
2Addl. Labour Commissioner1
3.Deputy Labour Commissioner3
4.Asst. Labour Commissioner1
5.Labour Welfare Officer1
6.Labour Inspector  (attached)1
7.Staffs59

a) Activities carried out by the HO

The HO carries out a number of operations for the department. There are six functions which can be further divided into the specific activities that are taken up under these. These functions along with the activities are given below: -

i. Settlement of claims under industrial Disputes Act-

  1. Hearing of applications under Sec. 29/34, 33-C(I), 25 T&U
  2. Examination and reference/non-reference of Industrial Disputes

ii. Quasi-Judicial Functions-

  1. Appellate Authority under the Payment of Gratuity Act, 1972

iii. Certification of Standing Orders-

  1. Certification of Standing orders under Industrial Establishment (Standing Orders) Act, 1946

iv. Compilation of revenue-

  1. Compilation of fee receipts collected in the field offices.

v. Supervision and Monitoring of subordinate offices

vi. Committees and Boards

Job Chart
S. N.Name of Boards / Committees
1State Minimum Wages Advisory Board for 40 No. of scheduled employments.
2State Minimum Wages Advisory Board for 35 No. of scheduled employments.
3State Minimum Wages Advisory Board for 23 No. of scheduled employments
4State Minimum Wages Advisory Board for Loading & Unloading operation.
5State Minimum Wages Advisory Board for Loading & Unloading of urea bags.
6State Minimum Wages Advisory Board for Plantation workers.
7 State Minimum Wages Advisory Board for Small Tea Growers.
8 State Minimum Wages Advisory Board for Sales Promotion Establishments.
9Minimum Wages Advisory Committee for 40 No. of scheduled employments.
10Minimum Wages Advisory Committee for 35 No. of scheduled employments.
11Minimum Wages Advisory Committee for 23 No. of scheduled employments.
12Minimum Wages Advisory Committee for Loading & Unloading operation in the State.
13Minimum Wages Advisory Committee for Sales Promotion Establishments in the State.
14Advisory board on housing for plantation
15Medical Adv. Board for plantation labour
16State level Adv. Board on education for children of plantation workers
17State Level Standing Committee for plantation workers
18Tripartite Committee for implementation of Majithia Wage Board
19Tripartite Committee
20State Advisory Contract Labour Board
21State Level Monitoring Committee on Bonded & Child Labour
22State Advisory Committee on BOCW (RE&CS) Act, 1996
23Building & other construction workers welfare Board
24The State Level Advisory Board on Child Labour
25District Level Standing Committee
26State Social Security Board

b) Zonal Offices

There are seven (7) zonal offices which are headed by an Asst. Labour Commissioner. The inspections and the enforcements are carried out by the officers at the field level.. The entire system at the District, sub-divisional & block level offices office is supported by the office staffs, which takes care of the administration of the department.

Job Chart
S. N.Name of PostNumbers
1.Asst. Labour Commissioner10
2.Labour Officers (Independent)20
3.Labour Officers (attached)7
4.Labour Inspector(Independent)36
5.Labour Inspector(attached)41
6.MIPs8
7.Staffs273

a) Activities carried out by the Office

The District, sub-divisional & block level offices carries out a number of operations for the CoL. These operations can be broadly defined under three main categories. These three categories are then again divided further into the specific activities that are taken up under these. These categories along with the activities are given below:

i. Execution of Labour Laws

  • Registration of establishment under different Acts
  • Licensing of establishments! organisations under various Acts
  • Renewal of licenses
  • Inspections carried out to ensure enforcement of Labour Laws
  • Tracking and Monitoring of inspections

ii. Quasi-Judicial Activities: Settlement of claims under the following Acts -

  • Employees Compensation Act, 1923
  • Payment of Wages Act, 1936
  • Payment of Gratuity Act. 1972 
  • Minimum Wages Act, 1948
  • Shops and Commercial Establishment Act, 195
  • Equal Remuneration Act, 1967
  • The Beedi and Cigar Workers Act, 1966

iii. Settlement of Industrial disputes

  • Conciliation work done under Industrial Disputes Act
  • Work as Assistant Registrar of Representative Trade Unions 

Functions of the Office of the Assistant Labour Commissioners (ALCs):

The duties and functions of the Asst. Labour Commissioners in the respective Zonal /district headquarters comprises mainly :-

  • To act as the Conciliation officer under the Industrial Disputes Act, 1947 for the purpose of maintenance of peace and harmony in the industrial scenario of the district.
  • To supervise and monitor the activities of his subordinate officers in implementations of the provisions under the different labour laws.
  • To act as the Commissioner for Workmen’s Compensations to entertain claim petitions in respect of death or injuries sustained in the course of and arising out of employment of any workman.
  • To act as the Controlling Authority under the Payment of Gratuity Act, to entertain cases, hear and decide the claims.
  • To act as the Authority under the Payment and Wages Act, 1936 and the Minimum Wages Act, 1948 for deciding all claims of non-payment, less payment and delayed payments of Wages of the workers.
  • To act as the Appellate Authority under the Assam Shops & Establishments Act, 1971 to decide cases of dismissal, retrenchment etc. of workers employed in any shops and establishment
  • To act as the Registering & Licensing Officer under the Contract Labour(R&A) Act, 1970.
  • To act as the Registering & Licensing Officer under the The Inter-State Migrant Workmen (R.E. &C.S.)Act, 1979.
  • To act as the Registering Officer (beneficiaries registration) under the B.O.C.W. Act, 1996.
  • To act as the Registering Officer (establishment) under the B.O.C.W Act, 1996.
  •  To act as the Registering Authority under the Motor Transport Workers’ Act, 1961 
  • To act as the Deputy Chief Inspector of Plantations under the Plantations Labour Act, 1951(non statutory). 
  • To act as Inspector as notified under the various Labour Laws, he is required to conduct field inspections of industrial establishments including tea estates to enforce the provisions of Law and take all penal actions wherever required.
  • To collect data and information from the establishments comprising annual returns half yearly returns, quarterly returns, monthly returns and forth nightly factual reports on the industrial scenario under his/her jurisdiction and other forms of information and compile and submit the same to the higher authorities.
  • The ALC Dhubri is notified as the Chief Inspector under the Beedi & Cigar Workers Act.
  •  Besides, the ALCs as the Head of the Administrative zone is required to see day to day administrative works/function of his office and the offices Eg under his domain. 
  • To supervise the Registration and Renewal of the Shops and Establishment under the relevant Act done by the Labour Inspectors cum Registering Officer under him.

Functions of the Office of the Labour Officers

  • The Labour Officers who are holding independent charges in the District or Sub divisional HQ are require-
  •  To act as the controlling Authority under the Payment of Gratuity Act, 1972 to decide all claim cases under the Act.
  • To act as the conciliation officer in order to intervene in all kinds of industrial disputes including strike, lock-outs, etc., to bring about amicable settlements through peaceful negotiations and refer unsettled issues to the Government for the purpose of adjudication by the Appropriate Authority.
  • To act; as the Registering & Licensing Officer under the Contract Labour(R&A) Act, 1970.
  • To act as the Registering & Licensing Officer under The Inter-State Migrant Workmen (R.E. &C.S.)Act, 1979.
  • To act as the Registering Officer (beneficiaries registration) under the B.O.C.W Act, 1996.
  • To act as the Registering Authority under the Motor Transport Workers’ Act, 1961.
  • To act as the Commissioner for Workmen’s Compensations to entertain claim petitions in respect of death or injuries sustained in the course of and arising out of employment of any workman under the Workmen Compensation Act, 1923.
  • To act as Inspector as notified under the various Labour Laws, he is required to conduct field inspections of industrial establishments including tea estates to enforce the provisions of Law and take all penal, actions wherever required.
  • He is also to exercise the supervisory power on the activities of the subordinates.
  • In addition to the above the Labour Officers are required to act as Registering Officer in certain cases under the Assam Shops & Establishments Act, 1971.
  • To supervise the Registration and Renewal of the Shops and Establishment under the relevant Act done by the Labour Inspectors cum Registering Officer under him.

Functions of the Office of the Labour Inspectors:

All Labour Inspectors are notified as the inspectors under all the Labour Legislations except the Payment of Gratuity Act, 1972. Moreover the Industrial Disputes Act, 1947 does not provide for any inspector under the provisions of the Act.

As Inspectors they are required to —

  •  Conduct inspections of all the industrial establishments, factories, shops & establishments, tea estates, brick-kilns, stone crushers and all other labour intensive establishments, take necessary follow up action as per provisions laid down under different labour legislations including prosecution against employers violating the provisions of law.
  • The LI’s are the Registering Officers under the Assam Shops & Establishment Act, 1971 as well as under the Registering Officer (beneficiaries’ registration) under the B.O.C.W Act, 1996.
  • The zonal/district offices of the Asst. Labour Commissioners normally comprises of on (1)Labour Officer and two(2) - seven(7) numbers of Labour Inspectors depending on the sanctioned strength and based on the industrial concentration of the zone/district. However not necessarily all the offices of the Asst. Labour Commissioner has a Labour Officer in the office of the A.L.C.