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Improving Labour Productivity 

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With reference to the excellent editorial titled “A 70-hour Workweek?” (EPW, 11 November 2023), it must be reiterated that labourers and factory workers are definitely not machines and robots who can be made to work non-stop without adequate breaks, which might have disastrous and even fatal consequences for them. Even machines and robots, if made to run non-stop, will ultimately break down, as everything has a life and is not eternal.

Hence, to improve labour and factory productivity, one ought to emphasise on making pretraining from recognised and reputed institutions mandatory for the workers, along with regular refresher courses and mandatory conscription. For improving labour productivity, it is also crucial to provide the workers with adequate safety gear, like luminous safety helmets, goggles, gloves, boots, and jackets with two luminous vertical strips, easily available and well-stocked first aid kits, nearby emergency services, medical and accidental insurance, good housing, travelling perks, etc.

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