The central government is considering a proposal that if implemented, employees will have to work four days a week, i.e. they will get three days a week off. However, workers will have to work 48 hours every week as before, that is, there will be no change in the limit of working hours. The information related to this was given by Apoorva Chandra, Secretary, Ministry of Labor and Employment. According to Chandra, the ministry is working on completing the process of finalizing the rules of the four labor codes related to them at the earliest.
According to Chandra, opinions are also being taken from the states. Apart from this, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir can prepare the draft of state level labor codes within a week. The government has also proposed a free medical checkup to the workers through the Employees State Insurance Corporation.
Web portal will be started for the informal sector
According to the Labor Secretary, if the number of working days is reduced by 5 i.e. 4 days, then companies will have to pay three paid holidays. However, he said that the 48-hour weekly working hour limit will not be reduced or increased. The Ministry will start a web portal by June 2021 this year in which registration of unorganized sector workers including jig and platform workers and migrant workers will be made and other types of facilities will be provided to them.
All four labor codes are to come into force from April 1
The rules the central government is preparing are expected to be completed by next week. According to Chandra, all stakeholders are also being consulted in preparing it. Soon four codes may come into force – codes on wages, industrial relations, occupational safety, health and working conditions, social security codes.
Earlier, the Labor Ministry had set a target to implement these four laws (Labor Codes) from 1 April 2021 this year. The central government is in the final stage of the process of combining 44 central labor laws into four laws. These laws have been made with respect to wages, industrial relations, social security and occupational safety and working conditions.
Registered unorganized laborers will get facilities on the portal
A portal is also to be prepared for workers in the informal sector, which is progressed according to the prescribed plan. According to Chandra, this portal will be started by May or June 2021. Workers registered on this portal will get free protection against accident and disability for one year under the Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana, that means workers registered on the portal will be provided protection against any accident or disability for one year without any expense. The Labor Bureau has also launched four new surveys on employment generated by migrant workers, domestic workers, professionals and the transport sector. The Bureau will commission the All India Establishment Based Employment Survey.