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    Labour ministry to soon relax eligibility conditions for those awaiting unemployment benefits

    The ministry's proposal, which will be presented before the corporation meeting on August 20, can benefit over 32 million ESIC subscribers should they become unemployed.

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    • 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.

      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 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.

      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).

      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.

      PM Narendra Modi has appealed to Indian firms to be considerate to employees.

      "Very soon, I will do a soft launch of the land banks that are available with some of the state. So far six states have shared their data...We have been able to identify nearly 5,00,000 hectares of land which is available for industry. "So, any worries around availability of land are unfounded. There is enough and more land available all over the country for different industries," the minister said at a CII webinar on ease of doing business.

      The training will encompass modules on corporate etiquette, improving inter personal skills, making impactful presentation including other necessary soft skills needed by the industry. The training module is available in two languages, Hindi and English, on the NCS portal.

      Under the scheme, the central government will grant relief in form of credit of EPF & EPS contributions (24% of wages) for three months in UANs of contributory EPF members, earning monthly wage of less than Rs 15,000.

      The move would benefit food storage depots of FCI across Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Punjab, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Assam, Bihar, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh.

      The decision is taken in view of lockdown across the country to fight COVID-19. The COVID-19 has been declared pandemic and therefore employees working in establishments and factories across entire India, who are members of the EPF Scheme, 1952 are eligible for the benefits of non-refundable advance.

      Industry bodies such as CII, FICCI and ASSOCHAM suggested a slew of measures and sought relaxations such as increasing working hours to 12 hours per day from the existing 8 hours per day to help them revive operations, according to a release by the Labour Ministry.

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