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House panel wants to widen labour code, benefit 50cr more
The Times of India  |  February 18, 2020

Times News Network New Delhi

The parliamentary committee on labour has pushed for expanding the scope of the labour force code to larger sections of unorganised sector, a move likely to provide succour to nearly 50 crore or more workers who currently fall in the category.


Key beneficiaries of the committee’s recommendations include inter-state migrant workers, tea plantation workers and audio-visual contract workers. The parliamentary committee also pitched for the creation of robust monitoring mechanisms and said the government must strengthen labour enforcement agencies at the Centre and in states. Crucially, the committee, led by BJD MP Bhartruhari Mahtab, also recommended that contractual workers engaged by agencies carrying out work outsourced by Union or state governments, must be covered under the labour code.


In its recommendations to the government, tabled in both Houses of Parliament, the committee said it is “imperative” for the ministry to ensure “uniform definitions and clarity in interpretation” of the provisions contained in the Wages and the Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions Code, 2019.


“While endeavouring to create a balance between safeguarding the interests of both employers and employees, it is vital in consonance with the objectives of the OSHWC Code, 2019 to enhance the effective coverage of the safety, health and working conditions manifold in favour of the workers in all sectors,” the report said.


The committee has also recommended that if a contractor fails to pay the prescribed wages to hires, responsibility should be fixed on the principal employer.