Delhi HC directs State govt to renew registrations of labourers falling under eligible category

News Live tv | May 21, 2020

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday directed the State government to renew the registrations of around five lakh labourers, who falls under the eligible category as they can get relief during the COVID-19 lockdown.

A bench of Justices Vipin Sanghi and Rajnish Bhatnagar asked the Delhi government to renew the registrations of the construction workers who fall under the eligibility criteria under the Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Act. Read more

Were Labour Exemptions Necessary, And Will They Be Useful? Experts Differ

India Spend | May 19, 2020

Mumbai: At least 10 states including the industrialised Gujarat and Haryana have relaxed labour laws. While this has caused consternation among trade unions including the Centre for Indian Trade Unions, the question is how does this work? How will it impact employers and employees? Are these moves anti-labour? And finally, will industry come in and invest because of this? We speak to two guests, K.R. Shyam Sunder, professor of Human Resources at the business school XLRI, Jamshedpur, and Rituparna Chakraborty, co-founder and executive vice-president at TeamLease, India’s largest staffing services company. Read more

This is how Modi govt panel plans to bring migrants back to work

The Print | May 19, 2020

Led by Union minister Thawar Chand Gehlot, the panel has recommended to Modi govt a slew of measures to encourage lakhs of migrant workers to come back to work in cities.

New Delhi: Framing a National Employment Policy to look into labour welfare, setting up of a ‘Migrant Workers Welfare Fund’ and enrolling them under Ayushman Bharat — these are some of the measures suggested by a ministerial panel to motivate the workers to get back to work. Read more

Lot more needs to be done for migrant workers over next six months, say experts

The New Indian Express | May 18, 2020

Visuals of migrant workers walking long distances to their native villages with little food or water suddenly made the unorganised sector visible.

BENGALURU: Visuals of migrant workers walking long distances to their native villages with little food or water suddenly made the unorganised sector visible. Now that they are being allowed to go back, migration and labour experts say there is a lot more to be done in the next six months. Vasantakumar Hittanagi, former joint labour commissioner of the union government and former CEO of BOCW (Building and Other Construction Workers) Welfare Board for Karnataka said, “According to the Unorganised Workers Social Security Act, 2008, around 94% of the workforce is in the unorganised sector. Read more

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