Fearing a backlash from the trade unions, the Centre has postponed the two-day Indian Labour Congress (ILC), slated to be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on February 26. Perturbed by the “negligent attitude of the Central government towards labour reforms”, RSS-affiliated Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS) had earlier threatened to boycott the event, which is scheduled to happen after three years, unless the government “reviews the Budget immediately and takes steps to redress the grievances” before February 25. The 47th ILC was supposed to discuss a lot of labour-related issues. Generally, conference committees are set up to recommend on the decided agenda taken up for discussion at the two-day ILC.
Representatives of the labour unions, employers’ organisations and the Union and state governments are the members of the committee. In a communiqué, the labour ministry has informed that the proposed ILC has been postponed. But, no date has been given,” BMS president Saji Narayanan told FE. The 46th conference, held in 2015, could not reach a consensus on many contentious proposals and resolved to hold tripartite consultations.