LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Issue Advisory For Travel To Sri Lanka
It is obvious that all is not well in Sri Lanka. Prime Minister of the island nation Ranil Wickremesinghe has reportedly warned that Sri Lanka could still face more attacks and that the authorities in that country are now targeting ‘sleepers’, who are terrorists who could activate another round of bombing. The Sri Lanka police released photographs of six suspects wanted in connection with Easter Sunday suicide bombing and the country has suspended its plans to grant visas on arrival to citizens of 39 countries due to current security concerns. It is pertinent to note that the Israel government has issued a travel warning for Sri Lanka to its citizens and raised the threat level while advising travellers to leave the country and avoid visiting it in the near future. Several Indians visit Sri Lanka as tourists, especially during the summer vacations. Tour operators in Goa conduct pilgrimage tours to the island nation where St Joseph Vaz, who was born in Goa, performed several miracles. It would be desirable for the Indian government to issue a travel advisory for Indians not to travel to Sri Lanka in the near future till the threat perception comes down. Tour operators also need to suspend all pilgrimage tours to that country till such time that the situation comes back to normal.
ADELMO FERNANDES, VASCO
Focus On Safety At Workplace
Safety of workers is usually discussed when a massive tragedy occurs at a workplace, and then relegated to the shelves. Safety and security at a workplace is not given as much importance as it richly deserves. The International Labour Organisation (ILO) of the United Nations (UN) is seized of the matter since 2003. The ‘World Day for Safety and Health at Work’ is, therefore, an appropriate title given by the ILO to the day that is annually observed on April 25. Every workplace has to imbibe a ‘culture’ of work. The government’s responsibilities are understood; the employees have to infuse an environment of security and the worker has to discharge his/her duties with every measure taken to protect himself/ herself. Unfortunately, high workload and exploitation of workers by management by reducing the manpower leads to chaos. A sick body is a stressed-out mind and vice-versa. One cannot learn safety by an accident and safety is the ‘first aid’ of an uninjured. Every worker should exhaustively know his workplace. Studies and publications across the world have proved that working at heights, work related with chemicals and electricity, work in a confined space and poor housekeeping cause much damage to the worker. Workplaces that augment the risk of injuries to hands, eyes and lungs need special personal protective equipment. An employer should not have two minds about investing, insuring and insulating his workers. What usually happens is either our workers shy away from reporting unsafe practices or employers confine the complaints to the dustbins. Ideally, workers should be ‘sober’ with a big ‘no’ to alcohol and drugs while on duty. Regular breaks from duty will do them a world of good.
GANAPATHI BHAT, AKOLA