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Karnataka stops special trains for migrants, Haryana CM too appeals to workers to stay amid lockdown triggered exodus
The opposition attacked the BJP government in Karnataka , accusing it of treating migrant workers worse than "bonded labourers", even as Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa appealed to more than one lakh workers who wished to return to their native states to stay back as construction and industrial activities have begun.
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During lockdown, States disbursed Rs 4957 crore to two crore construction workers
Union labour ministry has directed all states on the start of the lockdown to frame a scheme under section 22 (1) (h) of the Act for transfer of adequate funds in the bank accounts of construction workers through direct benefit transfer (DBT) mode.
Hike in GST rates unlikely
If goods and services tax (GST) rates are increased on non-essential items, sources said it will further bring down their demand and impede the overall economic recovery.
Piyush Goyal says decision on lockdown to be taken at an appropriate time, asks industry for calibrated approach
His statement assumes significance in the wake of industry’s keenness to resume work as economic activity has come to virtual standstill because of the three-week nationwide lockdown which is due to end on April 14.
Covid lockdown: DPIIT suggests Home Ministry to permit limited activity in select sectors
In a letter to Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla, the department said that these activities are essential to improve the economic situation and provide liquidity in the hands of the people.
Committee to probe violation of contract labour system at ports
The members of the committee include representatives from the ministry of railways, Coal India, members of trade unions, employers’ representative and secretary of the Central Advisory Contract Labour Board as convener.
MHA asks States, UTs to ensure compliance of SC order on welfare of migrant labourers
In a communication to the state governments and Union Territory (UT) administrations, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) highlighted the Supreme Court directions regarding welfare of migrant labourers housed at relief shelters and camps in different parts of the country.
House panel to vet two labour codes
Ministry feels delay is essential as bills’ technical provisions are significant. The ministry has decided to seek the committee’s views as it feels the proposals will have farreaching implications, but the move may slow down the pace of labour reforms being pushed by the government.
Union Home Ministry asks states to stop mass exodus of migrant labourers amid coronavirus lockdown
In an advisory to all states and Union territories, the home ministry said they should also make arrangements for uninterrupted supply of essential commodities to hotels, working women hostels so that they continue to live in existing facilities.
Now, registration for EPFO, ESIC to be done on corporate ministry portal
"As part of the ongoing efforts to improve India’s ranking in the doing business report 2021, ministry of labour and employment has completed the reform to integrate process of registration for GST, EPFO, ESIC and profession Tax for Maharashtra with company incorporation” in tandem with the MCA," labour ministry said in a statement.
Give food, shelter, basic amenities to migrant labourers: Centre to States
The directive from the Union home ministry followed reports that the Covid-19 triggered national lockdown had created hardship for migrant workers across the country. Exodus of industrial workers, agricultural labourers and workers of other unorganised sectors have the potential to spread the pandemic.
States highlight cost and labour concerns
The issues were taken up at a meeting of states’ urban development department with the housing and urban affairs ministry — the nodal ministry for the Centre’s four flagship missions. The videoconferencing was attended by 21 states.
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The need is for bold and quick action, because this status quo is not only unsustainable but also wrong.