Online fire licence to increase ease of doing business soon

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DSC_2866In an effort to increase ease of doing businesses in West Bengal and boost investors’ confidence, the State Government is set to issue fire licence online to those willing to set up new units.

Speaking at the CII-organised “Safety Symposium & Exposition: Proactive Approaches towards Safety at Workplace & Beyond”, the Minister for Fire & Emergency Services, Disaster Management, Javed Ahmed Khan said, “We have hired a company to create a dedicated portal for this. It is expected to be operational by the end of this year,”

He further said that in terms of infrastructure, resources and preparedness in taking on fires or other calamities, West Bengal ranks among the best in the country.

“We have invested a huge amount of money in creating infrastructure, buying equipment and conducting training,” he said, adding that the State Government will soon issue a notification making it mandatory for the owners of big malls and high-rise buildings to engage a full-time fire supervisor and conduct mock drills on their premises in association with the State fire department, at least every three months.

The department will assist in conducting such mock drills. It is extremely necessary for fire personnel to fight off real-time challenges.

Rahul Guha, Director General, Directorate General of Mines Safety, Union Ministry of Labour & Employment, told that the amended Mines Vocational Training Rules are expected to be ready early next year. “Two Government committees are working on it.”

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