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Govt mulls amending host of labour laws
TNN | Jul 17, 2014, 06.07 AM IST
NEW DELHI: The government is considering amending a host of labour laws. Though it has not got any formal proposal, the move is aimed at simplifying archaic laws so that they don’t create problems in expanding facilities.
Minister of state for labour and employment Vishnu Deo Sai told Rajya Sabha on Wednesday that the amendments to a host of labour laws, including Minimum Wages Act,1 948, Labour Laws,1988, Factories Act, 1948 and Child Labour Act, 1986, are under active consideration.
Industry representatives have been long demanding changes in labour laws which they have often termed “archaic” and a hindrance in raising and expanding their facilities.
In his written response to a question, the minister, insisted that “at present there is no proposal to formulate new labour laws”.
Sai informed the Upper House that India has a total workforce of 47.41 crore as per the last survey of the National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) conducted in 2011-12.
“The total workforce is estimated at 47.41 crore, out of which 33.69 crore were rural workers and 13.72 crore urban workers,” Sai said, adding 35.3% of the workers are employed as casual labourers in rural areas.
Sai said as per the NSSO survey of 2009-10, the total employment in the unorganised sector is 43.7 crore.
He also said there were 11.25 lakh permanent workmen and 2.63 lakh contract labourers in 234 Central public sector enterprises (PSEs) during 2011-12.
Govt Considering Amendment of Labour Laws
By PTI Published: 16th July 2014 04:15 PM
NEW DELHI: Existing labour laws need to be amended and the Narendra Modi government is actively considering it, Labour and Employment Minister informed Parliament today.
Minister of State for Labour and Employment Vishnu Deo Sai told Rajya Sabha that the amendments in a host of labour laws, including Minimum Wages Act 1948, Labour Laws 1988, Factories Act 1948 and Child Labour Act 1986 are under active consideration of the government.
Industry representatives have been long demanding changes in labour laws which they have often termed “archaic” and a hindrance in raising and expanding their facilities. However, in his answer to a question that if the government is contemplating to formulate new labour laws “very soon”, Sai said, “at present there is no proposal to formulate new labour laws”.
To another question, the minister said that his ministry has so far not received any “formal and specific” proposal from Rajasthan government in Factories Act 1948, the Contract Labour (Regulation and Abolition Act 1977 and the Industrial Disputes Act 1947.
“The ministry of labour and employment has so far not received any “formal and specific” proposal from Rajasthan government in Factories Act 1948, the Contract Labour (Regulation and Abolition Act 1977 and the Industrial Disputes Act 1947,” Sai said.
Rajasthan government has approved in its cabinet, proposed amendments to three different laws namely Industrial Disputes Act, the Factories Act and the Contract Labour Act. Several trade unions have protested against these amendments alleging that the amendments of labour and industrial laws were done without consulting them.