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`Centre mulling single comprehensive Labour Act`

Last Updated: Wednesday, May 19, 2010 - 21:03

Kolkata: To streamline labour laws, the
Centre is mulling a single comprehensive Labour Act by
incorporating common provisions of 44 Central statues and 93
state Acts, the MoS for Labour said.

"Labour figures in the concurrent list. There are 44
labour-related Central statutes and 93 state Acts. The task
before us is to minimise the number of Acts by incorporating
provisions of similar Acts in a single comprehensive Act,"
Union Minister of State for Labour Harish Rawat told members
of the Bharat Chamber of Commerce.

In order to update labour laws with the changing times,
five Acts were amended during Budget Session of Parliament.
Three more Bills were still lying before the House, the
minister said on Wednesday.

Pointing out that more than 9,000 cases were awaiting
disposal for more than five years at various labour courts-cum
tribunals, he said the situation was more worrisome in the
state labour courts.

Stressing the need for formation of in-house grievance
redressal systems in every industrial establishment, he said
that the Centre had already taken steps to amend the
Industrial Disputes Act to ensure formation of such systems in
establishments employing more than 20 people.


First Published: Wednesday, May 19, 2010 - 21:03

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