Narendra Modi to target labour reforms in India with 5-point initiative

Written by Subhash Narayan | New Delhi | Updated: Oct 16 2014, 16:17pm hrs
Narendra ModiNarendra Modi will take a step forward towards easing labour regulations in the country with the launch of five-point initiative ? a unified labour portal and a transparent & accountable labour inspection scheme. (Reuters)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will take a step forward towards easing labour regulations in the country when he launches a five-point initiative a unified labour portal and a transparent & accountable labour inspection scheme to facilitate ease of compliance of labour regulations; provident fund portability through Universal Account Number (UAN), demand responsive vocational training;

Apprentice Protsahan Yojana and Implementation of revamped Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY) for the workers in the unorganized sector.

The strategy would be unveiled on Thursday at the Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay Shramev Jayate Karyakram, a daylong conference of labour and employment ministers, health ministers and vocational training ministers of state governments in Delhi. The event is being organised by ministry of labour and employment.

About 35 state government labour, health, vocational training ministers and 60 state government secretaries of these departments are also likely to attend the daylong conference. Apart from this, 64 CEOs of various PSUs and 20 Heads of Insurance Companies will also participate.

The labour ministry plans to send mass SMSs across India alongwith this programme. About one crore EPFO subscribers will get SMSs regarding portability through Universal Account Number (UAN). About 6.50 lakh establishments and 1800 Inspecting Officers will get SMSs about Unified Labour Portal which will help in a transparent and accountable Labour Inspection Scheme.

Around 4.00 lakhs SMSs will be sent to ITIs trainees regarding the brand Ambassadors who are pass-outs of ITIs and are very successful in their respective fields. Similar numbers of emails will also be sent simultaneously.

The Modi government is inclined to carry forward labour reforms with the idea of removing old and archaic laws, seen as an impediment to manufacturing, and make it easier for companies to do business in the country. While the Centre has left it to the states to address the more contentious issue of allowing more flexibility in employment by companies through the hire and fire system, it is willing to build an atmosphere where labour reforms could move forward, even if slowly, in a positive direction.

Under the proposed single window system, companies will be able to file just one return online for 16 labour laws, replacing the current system where returns are filed manually for each of the laws. The labour ministry is also talking to state governments to bring all their different labour related laws under one platform. India has as many as 44 labour laws.