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The Labour Department, Government of N.C.T. of Delhi is headed by Secretary (Labour), who is assisted by  Commissioner,Special  Labour Commissioner, Additional Labour Commissioner, Joint Labour Commissioners, Deputy Labour Commissioners, Assistant Labour Commissioners, Chief Inspector of Factories, Electrical Inspector, Chief Inspector of Boilers, Chief Inspector of Shops and Establishments, Labour Officers, Welfare Officer and other supporting staff.

With a view to make the administration responsive to the needs of the people and bring governance to their doorsteps, the department has been organized on territorial basis into nine districts.

Each district is headed by a Joint/Deputy Labour Commissioner who is assisted by Asstt. Labour Commissioners and Labour Officers.

The functional powers of the department are being exercised by the conciliation machinery and other inspectorates at the grass-root level.

Industrial disputes are settled by conciliation failing which the matter is referred to the adjudication machinery.

The rights of workers are protected by enforcement of various provisions of labour laws. The laws relating to safety in industries are being enforced by the
1. Inspectorate of Factories 2. Inspectorate of Boilers 3. Electrical Inspectorate.

The field staff of these Inspectorates carries out periodical inspections and issue improvement notices in accordance with the statutory provisions.

With the progress of urbanization in Delhi, the number of agricultural workers has reduced considerably. Mining activities have also ceased in Delhi. In compliance to the orders of the Hon'ble Supreme Court of India, heavy and hazardous industries including brickkilns have been shifted out of Delhi during the year 1996-97.

As a result to these changes in the economic scenario, large number of small and medium industries as well as shops, industrial and commercial establishments have come up in Delhi.

Delhi Shops & Establishments Act, is being enforced for the regulation of working conditions of employees in such places by way of statutory provisions regarding hours of work, payment of wages, leaves, holidays, terms of service and other service conditions of workers. The coverage provided by this Act extends to persons employed in shops, commercial establishments or public entertainment and amusement places.

Besides enforcing the labour laws, the Labour Department, Govt. of N.C.T. of Delhi, undertakes welfare activities for the benefit of the industrial workers and their families. At present, eight Welfare Centers are functioning in different locations in Delhi. The department has been organizing nursery, handicraft, vocational and music classes in these Welfare Centres for dependants of industrial workers. The facilities of reading room, library, adult education, indoor and outdoor games are made available in these Centres.

To enable the industrial workers and their families to visit the places of historical and religious importance, the Labour Department, Govt. of NCT of Delhi has set up Holiday Homes at Haridwar, Mussoorie, Allahabad and Shimla.

The Department thus has a very wide spectrum of Labour oriented activities. This charter is a summarized information on crucial activities. The Department would welcome suggestions for improvement of this website from the stake holders and beneficiaries.

Historical background of labour department

Prior to the year 1961, the functions of the Labour Department were being performed under the purview of the Industries Department of the erstwhile Delhi Administration. During the Second Five Year Plan the Government focused its priorities on the technological development and industrial growth. Gradually, several modern, sophisticated and technologically advanced industries came up generating tremendous employment potential in the Union Territory of Delhi. With the increase in the number of industries and the dependent workforce, the number of industrial disputes and the number of cases of infringement of the rights of the industrial labour class also increased proportionately. The needs of the workers and prevailing labour scenario in the Union Territory of Delhi, prompted the Government to establish a full fledged Labour Department.

The following officers who have adorned the office of Labour Commissioner from time to time are gratefully remembered for their contributions:-

S. No Name of the Officer
From To
1. Sh. L.S. Titus I. A. S. 1961 17-04-63
2. Sh. Gangesh Mishra I. A. S. 18-04-63 1966
3. Sh. S.C. Vajpayee I. A. S. 1966 31-07-68
4. Sh. RK. Ahooja I. A. S. 01-08-68 18-04-69
5. Sh. L.N. Saklani I. A. S. 19-04-69 05-07-70
6. Sh. V.K. Chanana I. A. S. 06-07-70 20-08-71
7. Sh. S.C. Chhabra I. A. S. 21-08-71 10-10-71
8. Sh. V.K. Chanana I. A. S. 20-10-71 09-10-72
9. Sh. B.R. Tamta I. A. S. 10-10-72 10-01-73
10. Sh. S.S. Sanzagiri ......... 11-01-73 16-06-73
11. Sh. K.D. Gupta I. A. S. 17-06-73 16-06-76
12. Sh. S.S. Sanzagiri ......... 17-06-76 11-11-76
13. Sh. Virender Singh I. A. S. 12-11-76 12-02-78
14. Sh. P. S. Dave I. A. S. 13-02-78 15-02-79
15. Sh. S.L. Chopra I. A. S. 16-02-79 30-06-80
16. Sh. R. Badrinath I. A. S. 01-07-80 30-11-80
17. Sh. M.K. Bazboruah I. A. S. 01-12-80 20-02-81
18. Sh. R.N. Puri I. A. S. 21-02-81 17-05-84
19. Ms. Nita Bali I. A. S. 18-05-84 30-06-85
20. Sh. P.M. Singh I. A. S. 01-07-85 03-12-85
21. Sh. D.C. Sankhla I. A. S. 04-12-85 21-05-86
22. Sh. R.K. Bhatia I. A. S. 22-05-86 26-09-88
23. Sh. D.M. Spolia I. A. S. 27-09-88 16-10-90
24. Sh. Rakesh Mohan I. A. S. 17-10-90 07-07-91
25. Sh. A.C. Kher I. A. S. 08-07-91 08-07-93
26. Sh. P.N. Gupta I. A. S. 09-07-93 20-01-94
27. Sh. H.D. Birdi I. A. S. 21-01-94 30-11-95
28. Sh. Ashok Kapur I. A. S. 01-12-95 31-05-97
29. Sh.A.S. Awasthi I. A. S. 05-06-97 20-11-97
30. Sh. Chaman Lal I. A. S. 24-11-97 30-07-99
31. Sh. S.K.Srivastava I. A. S. 02-08-99 13-09-99
32. Sh. S.K. Gathwal I. A. S. 14-09-99 16-01-01
33. Sh. Anand Prakash I. A. S. 16-01-01 12-02-01
34. Sh. G.K. Marwah I. A. S. 12-02-01 08-03-01
35. Sh. M.K. Mishra I. A. S. 08-03-01 31-05-01
36. Sh. Narendra Kumar I. A. S. 01-06-01 15-12-01
37. Sh. S.C. Poddar I. A. S. 15-12-01 18-04-02
38. Sh. S. P. Marwah I. A. S. 18-04-02 04-02-03
39. Sh. R.K. Verma
I. A. S. 05-02-03 27-07-03
40. Sh. M.K.Mishra I. A. S. 28-07-03 30-09-04
41. Sh. Janak Digal I. A. S. 01-09-04 13-09-04
42. Sh. Narendra Kumar I. A. S. 14-09-04 16-01-06
43. Sh. Sanjiv Kumar I. A. S. 16-01-06 08-03-06
44. Sh. G. Narendra Kumar I. A. S. 09-03-06 05-04-06
45. Sh. S. M. Mazumdar I. A. S. 05-04-06 30-11-06
46. Smt. J. Raghuraman I. A. S. 01-12-06 03-01-07
47. Sh. Vikram Dev Dutt I. A. S. 04-01-07 04-07-07
48. Sh. Chandra Bhushan Kumar I. A. S. 05-07-07 18-07-08
49.  Sh. K. S. Wahi I. A. S. 18-07-08   31-12-09
50.  Sh. A. K. Singh I. A. S. 14-01-10   07-03-11
51.  Sh. Amar Nath I. A. S. 07-03-11  29-03-11
52.  Sh. C.P. Tripathi I. A. S. 29-03-11 11-07-11
53.  Sh. Ramesh Tiwari  I. A. S. 11-07-11 10-02-14
54.  Sh. Jitendra Narain I. A. S. 10-02-14 31-12-14
55.  Sh. Satish Mathur I. A. S. 02-01-15 17-07-15
56.  Dr. Madhu Teotia I. A. S. 18-07-15 01-09-15
57.  Sh. K.R. Meena I. A. S. 01-09-15 16-06-16
58.  Sh. A.K. Singh I. A. S. 16-06-16 13-04-17
59.  Sh. Sanjay Kumar Saxena I. A. S. 13-04-17
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