Labour min working on nine Bills for winter session

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New Delhi | Published: October 31, 2015 12:03:41 AM

In an attempt to fast-track reforms, the labour ministry plans to place as many as nine Bills before Parliament in the Winter Session starting next month.

In an attempt to fast-track reforms, the labour ministry plans to place as many as nine Bills before Parliament in the Winter Session starting next month.

While the ministry has the approval of the Cabinet on some of the Bills like Payment of Bonus Amendment Bill, Labour and Employment minister Bandaru Dattreya on Friday said he was hopeful of getting the approval of the government’s highest decision making body for other Bills before the session starts next month.

The government has embarked on a massive reforms on the labour laws by merging 44 extant laws into four codes, aimed at ensuring the ease of doing business to turn India into a manufacturing hub.

The Code on Industrial Relations proposes prohibiting outsiders as office-bearers in case of trade unions in the organised sector and a maximum of two in the unorganised sector.

The Code on Wages proposes the minimum wages to apply to all employees. At present, employees engaged in the schedule employment and getting less than Rs 18,000 a month are eligible.

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