In a major push for the labour sector reforms, Prime Minister Narendra Modi led Union Cabinet on Tuesday (8 September) approved three labour codes on occupational safety, health and working conditions, and social security and industrial relations, reports Times of India.
With the Cabinet's nod, the path has now been cleared for the three codes to be taken up in the upcoming Monsoon Session of the Parliament which is set to begin on 14 September. It should be noted that the code on wages had already been approved by the parliament last year, while the three other codes were referred to the parliamentary standing committee on labour for further scrutiny.
The four labour codes together signify the Government's push to put an end to the extant cobweb of numerous labour laws by amalgamating 44 central labour laws into four codes through simplification and rationalisation of the relevant provisions of the legislations in line with the recommendations put forward by the second National Commission on Labour.
Meanwhile, the code on social security is likely face resistance from Indian National Congress, DMK, CPI and CPM, who had in the past filed a formal dissent note on the Code on Social Security Bill, 2019.
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