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EPFO defers March dues payment till May 15; provides relief to 6 lakh firms, 5 crore subscribers
This decision of Ministry of Labour and Employment is to support and provide relief to employers of establishments which have disbursed wages for March, 2020 to its employees and an incentive to employers for wage payment to employees during COVID-19 pandemic, a Labour Ministry statement said.
Streamlining policies & procedures in relation to disposal of public grievances: Labour minister
Labour and Employment Minister Santosh Kumar...
Revised inflation index to impact DA, put more money in hands of govt employees: Official
The index, with revised base year, is likely to be ...
Retail inflation for industrial workers eases to 5.45% in April: Labour ministry data
Lauding the efforts of the Labour Bureau which collects and released Consumer Price Index-Industrial Workers (CPI-IW), Labour Minister Santosh Gangwar said the 'cost of living index' data collection and release by the bureau in these difficult times during the lockdown is commendable and would go a long way to help in policy making in the country.
Labour Ministry's 11 employees test COVID-19 positive in Shram Shakti Bhawan: Source
The staff are being tested for COVID-19 after two employees found positive last week, which led to closure of Shram Shakti Bhawan that houses the ministry for two days on June 4 and 5 for sanitisation.
AITUC condemns staff termination amid lockdown; writes to Labour Minister
In a letter shot off to Gangwar, AITUC said,"...making a particular reference to Fareportal India Pvt Ltd, calls upon your urgent intervention to send out a stronger directive to the industries and commercial establishments to stop forthwith all the acts of gross illegality of terminating employees and mandate withdrawal of all termination orders."
House panel meets lined up, but Covid fears remain
The new PAC constituted at the beginning of this financial year has not held any meeting so far. The first meeting is crucial as selection of subjects to be taken up will be finalised in this sitting. Standing Committee on Labour Chairperson Bhartruhari Mahtab is optimistic that a meeting can be convened soon.
View: India’s monetary and fiscal authorities both need to lend stronger shoulders to the economy
GDP decline in India was concentrated in sectors that bore the brunt of the lockdown. Thus, construction fell by 50.3%; trade, hotels, transport and communication by 47%; and manufacturing by 39.3%. At the other extreme, agriculture, which had been largely unaffected by the lockdown, could grow at its approximate trend rate of 3.4%.
For dearness allowance revision, govt looks at alternatives in absence of data
Since field officers are not able to conduct the survey, the government may go for repetition, substitution or estimation to cover up the missing data when it computes the index for determining the daily allowance for government employees, a senior government official told.
Government prepares an action plan to reskill unemployed migrant and informal sector workers post lockdown
About 90% of India’s workforce of 500 million is engaged in the informal sector. The 40-day lockdown to contain the spread of Covid-19 has forced millions of these people out of jobs.
Social security schemes may soon cover gig workers too
The labour ministry may soon include gig workers under the existing social security schemes of the government, which would make them eligible for pension and medical benefits.
Government to integrate online job portals with Unnati to bring employers and job seekers under one umbrella
Centre plans to create a mega portal with NITI Aayog's ‘Unnati’ that will cater exclusively to the needs of the blue and grey collar workers in the country following a diktat from PM Modi to help workers get jobs in their state.
Employers claiming incapacity in paying wages must place balance sheets in court: Centre to SC
In an affidavit filed in the apex court, the government has said the March 29 directive was a "temporary measure to mitigate the financial hardship" of employees and workers, specially contractual and casual, during the lockdown period and the directions have been revoked by the authority with effect from May 18.
Labour ministry to rejig draft social security code
PMO unhappy as the proposals fail to meet objective of unifying all social security benefits.
MSME ministry lays out new guidelines for pottery, beekeeping activities
This is being done to enhance the production, technical knowhow of pottery artisans and to develop new products at reduced costs; and to enhance the income of pottery artisans through training and modern / automated equipment.