NEW LAWS ON CARD TO PROVIDE FOR UNORGANIZED WORKFORCE : ADDL. LABOUR SECRETARY

NEW LAWS ON CARD TO PROVIDE FOR UNORGANIZED WORKFORCE : ADDL. LABOUR SECRETARY

NEW LAWS ON CARD TO PROVIDE FOR UNORGANIZED WORKFORCE : ADDL. LABOUR SECRETARY

No.PR-20
April 30, 2014
New Delhi

NEW LAWS ON CARD TO PROVIDE FOR UNORGANIZED WORKFORCE : ADDL. LABOUR SECRETARY

The new government will enact laws to bring in 93% of informal sector’s workforce on par with 7% organized workforce to enable the former benefit from minimum wages schemes of various State governments as also provide them with a cover of social security entitlements.

Disclosing this at a Summit on Managing Employer Employee Relationship for Competitiveness organized by the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry here today, Mr. A C Pandey, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Labour and Employment also said that the government was keen to adopt policy to mitigate problems and plight of the workforce of unorganized sector.  

It was in this direction that the government would bring in laws in next few months to cater to legitimate needs of 93% of the unorganized workforce so that they avail of entitlement and legislative policies of the government, indicated Mr. Pandey, pointing out that under the current regime the laws are biased towards organized sector only.

“Biggest of our labour force is in the informal sector, around 93% of the total workforce, hence a new law would be enacted to bring them to formal sector so that they are entitled to benefit of minimum wages and social security”, said Mr. Pandey adding that presently, discussions are held that centre around 7% of the workforce.

He also stated that labour laws need to be changed to make them more implementable and also curb misuse of laws.  He suggested compliance of law through a single window or single return it will benefit especially to small scale sector.

Mr. Alok B Shriram,  Sr Vice President, PHD Chamber in his welcome address stated that our labour laws are legacy of Britishers but in view of change of time these need to be amended to make it industry friendly and with a view that employers are not exploiters and workers are not commodities to run the industry.

He further stated that human resource are critical factor in economic development and major source of competitive advantage.  Our labour policy should be , therefore, to capitalize this advantage to create national wealth and be friendly to both labour and business. 

Mr. Shriram also stated that if industry is encouraged through liberal labour laws and policy, it would produce more employment.  Hence there is need to carry out reforms in the field of industrial relations.  He further stated that both employers and workers have no conflicting interest rather this attitudinal change should take place.  This places a responsibility,both on employers and trade unions and the society in general.

In his address Mr. Ravi Wig, Past President PHD Chamber and President National Employers Federation stated that interest of workers and employers cannot be separate rather if industry flourishes it will create more employment and benefit will go to workers and the society at large. 

Mr. Wig also stated that Government, industry and workers should work jointly taking care of each other interest.  Government must think that if industry is closed then workers would be jobless hence growth of industry must be given prime importance.
ENDS
Koteshwar Prasad Dobhal
Consultant (PR)