‘Blacklist contractors not paying minimum wages’
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Last Updated: Wednesday, December 21, 2011, 18:56
New Delhi: A parliamentary panel has strongly recommended blacklisting contractors who fail to pay minimum wages to contract labourers and making suitable amendments in laws.

"The committee recommends that to keep check on erring contractors, the government should bring suitable amendments in the Minimum Wages Act, 1948 so that such contractors are blacklisted and not given any future government contract," the panel said regretting that government has no such mechanism to check such contractors.

The recommendation was made in the 18th report of the Committee on Petitions headed by Anant Gangaram Geete on Labour and Employment Ministry tabled in Lok Sabha today.

The committee said it was "surprised" to note that majority of the central public sector undertakings have failed to keep a check on such contractors.

It suggested the Labour Ministry to bring in all necessary amendments to the Minimum Wages Act so that the basic elements necessary for fixing minimum wages "get legal status".

"The Committee would like to be apprised of the action taken by the Ministry in this regard within a period of three months," it said in its report.

Observing that ambiguity exists in the policy of the government to list various employment under the list of scheduled employments in the country, it also suggested bringing appropriate amendment in the Act to ensure uniformity in listing of contractual work.


First Published: Wednesday, December 21, 2011, 18:56

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