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| 25 September, 2020, 03:00 PM IST | E-Paper


    3557 workers affected by lay-offs across India between January and June: Labour ministry data

    According to the statement, the ministry of Labour and Employment has the mandate to protect and safeguard the interests of workers with due regard to creating a healthy work environment for higher production and productivity and to provide social security to the labour force.

    Lok Sabha passes three labour legislations, paving way for greater operational flexibility

    These include the Code on Occupational Safety, Hea...

    Health insurance, maternity benefits for unorganised sector workers in the works

    Currently, Employees State Insurance Corporation benefits ar...

    • The policy will lay out a sectoral roadmap with incentives for employment generation, based on the recommendations of the Thawar Chand Gehlot-led group of ministers in the wake of the Covid-19-induced economic crisis.

      The claims to get the relief can be made online along with submission of the physical claim with an affidavit, photocopy of Aadhaar card and bank account details to the designated ESIC branch office by post or in person.

      Among states, the maximum increase in the CPI-AL and CPI-RL was experienced by West Bengal State (27 points and 28 points respectively) mainly due to rise in the prices of wheat-atta, pulses, mustard-oil, milk, chillies-green, ginger, country liquor, firewood, bidi, meat goat, fish dry, bidi, bus fare, vegetables and fruits etc.

      Currently, only those industrial establishments with less than 100 employees are permitted to hire and fire their staff without permission of the government. The bill was introduced by Labour Minister Santosh Gangwar amid opposition from Congress and few other parties.

      Top government officials told ET that the labour ministry would soon move cabinet notes seeking approval for the two labour codes — Industrial Relations (IR) and Occupational Safety. The labour ministry has already sent the revised drafts with changes to the law ministry for vetting.

      Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal said the government is in the process of rationalising the existing central labour laws into four labour codes -- on wages; industrial relations; occupational safety, health and working conditions; and social security by simplifying, amalgamating and rationalising the relevant provisions of the existing central labour laws.

      Sources told ET that the code on occupational safety, health and working conditions (OSH&WC Code) and the industrial relations code (IR Code) would give autonomy to states to amend labour laws to suit their industrial needs and attract investments through labour reforms.

      ISF's suggestions, which will soon be submitted to the finance ministry for consideration, comes at a time when the government is working on ways to bring these workers under the social security net. ISF has already submitted its recommendations to NITI Aayog and the labour ministry for consideration.

      An urban version of the MGNREGA scheme will soften the blow on citizens most affected by the coronavirus fallout, which set Asia’s third-largest economy on course for its deepest contraction in history. The idea is to start with smaller towns because big-city projects typically need professional expertise, an official said.

      The committee has pulled up the government for not declaring the indicated expenditure and source of revenue for running the social security scheme while urging them to include unemployment insurance as part of the code for the unorganised workers so that unprecedented labour market situations can be well taken care of.

      The draft rules of the Centre has recommended eight hour working day against 10-12 hours in nearly 12 states including Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka and Punjab who have raised the work hours for labourers to address the issue of labour shortage and ensure social distancing at the work site.

      According to the draft notification, stakeholders have been given 30 days' time for providing their feedback on the proposal to hike maternity benefit under the ESI Scheme run by the Employees' State Insurance Corporation (ESIC).

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