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Additional Labour Commissioner (Industrial Relations)-Government of Karnataka

About Me

  • I am presently Additional Labour Commissioner (Industrial Relations)-Government of Karnataka. Academically he is PhD from National Law School of India University, Master of Women’s Studies, M.A in Economics & B.A – Double Gold Medalist and First Rank holder from Bangalore University. I have been awarded with many national and international fellowships. I am specialized in Law against Sexual Harassment, Industrial Relations and Labour Law Jurisprudence, Informal Labour & Social Security, Corporate Social Responsibility.

Academic Qualifications

1990 - 2017
  • Executive Certification in Sexual Harassment and Workplace Diversity– From West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, (WBNUJS) Kolkata, 20th January 2017
  • PhD from National Law School of India University, (NLSIU) Bangalore, August, 2011 TitleThe Impact of Voluntary codes of conduct and Labour Regulation on the working conditions of Garment Workers in Bangalore Rural and Urban Districts.
  • M.W.S. Master of Women’s Studies, Alagappa University, Karaikudi, Tamil Nadu -October 1999
  • M.A. in ECONOMICS, Bangalore University, April 1992
  • B.A., (History, Economics, Kannada Literature), April 1990 – Double Gold Medallist and First Rank in Kannada Literature, Bangalore University.

Recent Fellowship Awarded

  • Awarded RDW (Regulating Decent Work)-2017, Fellowship by International Labour Organization, Geneva, Switzerland.
  • Presented research paper on “Caught in the Regulatory Labyrinth. Enforcing Sexual harassment law in India” – July 3rd 2017 .

Professional Qualifications

1991 - 1997
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Bangalore – September 1997, Project Submitted: “Job analysis as an effective management tool”
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Journalism, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Bangalore – September 1991, Project Submitted: “Impact of mass-media on rural school going children- case study of Government schools at Kanakapura and Devanahalli Taluks”

Specialization/Areas of Interest

  • Gender Diversity and Sexual harassment law, Industrial Relations and Labour Law Jurisprudence, Informal Labour & Social Security, Corporate Social Responsibility

Professional Positions as Civil Servant

  • Additional Labour Commissioner – Administration and Accounts wef 12/10/2019 to 15/06/2020
  • Director of Karnataka State Labour Institute, Government of Karnataka wef 12/10/2019 to 18/05/2020
  • Welfare Commissioner, Karnataka Labour Welfare Board, From August 2016 to17.04.2020.
  • Joint Labour Commissioner and Joint Secretary, Karnataka Building & Other Construction Workers Welfare Board, Feb 2013 to Aug 2016
  • May 2010 to 2013 Deputy Labour Commissioner, Belgaum Region & Bengaluru Region I
  • January 2008 to April 2010 Deputy Labour Commissioner (Publicity and Statistics), Department of Labour, Government of Karnataka.

Academic Activity

  • Taught ‘Labour Laws and Industrial Relations’ for Graduate Law  Students at National Law School of India University, Bangalore
  • Nodal Officer for the Research Project on ‘Comprehensive study of the status of Beedi Industry in the State of Karnataka’ commissioned to Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore
  • Trained and mentored more than 5000 HR Managers/Corporates on Prevention of Sexual Harassment at Workplace.

Presentation of Papers in National & International Conferences/Seminars (Sample only)

  • Presented papers and held consultations on ‘The Unorganised Workers Social Security Act, 2008, and its effective implementations’ in both Southern and National Consultations conducted by National Centre for Labour (NCL) and FES, New Delhi on 30-31st October, 2009 (Bangalore); 7-8th September, 2011 (Chennai); 12-13th April, 2012 (Hyderabad); 10-11th November, 2011 (Bangalore)
  • Presented a paper entitled ‘Elements of Human Rights in Labour Policy’ in UGC Sponsored National Seminar on “Human Rights and the Role of Law” Mumbai, 15th-16th Feb, 2010
  • Presented a paper during the National Consultation on the Proposed ILO Convention and Discussion on the Draft Bills for Domestic Workers, organised by National Alliance of Women, NCL and FES, New Delhi, on 15-16th May 2010, Bangalore
  • Presented a paper on ‘Law relating to prevention of Sexual Harassment at Workplace’ to the corporates and HR Professionals in the Seminar organized by NIPM, Karnataka Chapter on 23 April, 2008
  • Presented a paper on ‘Corporate Social Responsibility in India: MNCs, Global Instruments and Policy’ to the members of NIPM, Thiruvanathapura chapter, on 21st May 2008
  • Presented a paper on ‘Law relating to women working in night shift in IT/ITES/BPO Sector’ to the HR Professionals from IT/ITES Companies in the seminar organized by NIPM, Karnataka Chapter on 19 Mar, 2008
  • Panelist in the Regional Workshop on ‘Seasonal Migration Labour & Livelihood: Perspectives & Policies in South India’ Feb 13, 2007, Hyderabad. Organized by CESS, IHD & GVT.
  • Presented a paper on ‘ Social Security and Workers’ Rights of Inter-State Migrant Workers’, in the National Seminar on Women & Migration.  Organized by CWDS, New Delhi on 19-20th Sept 2007.
  • Presented a paper on ‘Social regulation and protection in the informal economy’ organized by IGIDR-IILS, 10-11 Aug 2006, Mumbai
  • Presented a paper on ‘Rights and Social Security of Migrant Workers’ at the Regional Workshop on Seasonal Migrant Workers. Organized by NCAS, IHD & GVT, Noida, on Sep 2, 2006, Pune
  • Presented a paper at National Consultation Workshop at New Delhi on the theme ‘Social Security for Migrant Workers in the Informal Sector’ August 25-26, 2005. Organized by IHD & Supported by DFID & ILO
  • Presented a paper on ‘Role of Government –relating to labour Issues in the new millennium’ at the seminar arranged by NIPM and Labour Department on the theme “Industrial Relations in the new millennium” Belgaum, 13-14 Oct 2001
  • Presented a paper on ‘Women & Labour Laws’ to the members of NIPM, Mysore Chapter, on 30th Sep 2000

Participation/Discussant in National/International Seminars/Conferences (Sample only)

  • National Workshop on ‘National Rural Employment Guarantee in India- Lessons from Implementation’ Bangalore, 8-9, September, 2009, Organised by Institute for Human Development (IHD) & Institute of Social Studies Trust (ISST), New Delhi.
  • International conference on ‘Universalizing socio-economic security in South Asia’ New Delhi, 17-20, Feb 2008. Organized by Institute for Social Studies, The Hague
  • Three day National Consultation on “Protective Legislation & Organizing the Unorganized Labour in India” organized by National Centre for Labour, Bangalore 27-29 July, 2007
  • Discussant in the Inter-Regional Seminar- Labor in a Globalized World. Cochin, 26-27 Oct 2007 Organized by OECD Watch
  • Discussant in the International Workshop on ‘Global Production Networks and Decent work: Recent Experiences in India and Global trends’ Bangalore, 18-20 Nov 2007. Organized by IILS, Geneva, ICSSR, New Delhi  & ISEC, Bangalore.

Research Papers: (Unpublished) (With focus on the status of women workers in the informal sector)

  • Status of women workers in Silk Industries in Kollegal- A case study of Government Silk filatures, Mudigundam & Mamballi.
  • Status of Migrant workers working in Construction Industry in the city of Bangalore
  • Brick Kilns: Industry & Migrant Workers. Good Laws but Insensitive Regulations.


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