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What Happened ? Labour and Employment Secretary, Apurva Chandra said that new labour codes will be implemented soon and Draft rules under the labour codes are finalized. Further added, that most states were part of the rule framing process and others would soon be ready with their drafts.

Proposals under labour codes

  • It would provide flexibility of reducing the working days to four days a week.

  • Free medical check-ups would be provided to workers trough the Employees State Insrance Corporation.

  • The new Code would provide an option for organizations to allow their employees as per three following choices:

a)Deploying employees for 4 days at 12 hours a day, or

b)For five days at around 10 hours per day, or

c)Six days at 8 hours a day.

  • The total limit of working hours would be 48 hours a week.

What are the codes that will be enforced ?

This ministry would soon be in a position to bring into force the four Codes, viz.,

a)Code on Wages

b)Industrial Relations

c)Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions (OSH)

d)Social Security Codes

The ministry is aiming to implement all the four codes in one go. The limit of 48 working hours was ‘sacrosanct’ as said by Mr. Chandra and thus, a change is required in working days but it would not be forced.

RELATED CONSTITUTIONAL PROVISION | Article 39(e) - Duty of state to protect health and strength of workers

Online Portal for registration of workers

An online portal will be established by June for the registration of workers in an unorganized sector, including gig and platform workers and migrant workers. This portal would assist in the formulation of health, housing, skill, insurance, credit and food schemes for such workers and they would also be provided with an incentive of free coverage for one year for accidental and disability cover under the Centre’s Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana (PMSBY).

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