Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav on Tuesday said that the post of deputy labour commissioner in Noida, which was abolished by the Mayawati government in 2008, would be restored.
The chief minister gave the statement while addressing a labour union rally in Lucknow on the occasion of Labour Day. The announcement has made industrialists in the city worried.
The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) government in 2008 gave the powers of labour commissioner to chief executive officers of Noida and Greater Noida authorities after the CEO of Italian firm Graziano Transmissioni India Pvt Ltd was clubbed to death in a case of labour unrest in Greater Noida.
The then chief secretary took the decision on the complaints of industrialists related to labour problems as the deputy labour commissioner posted here was unable to check the rising labour management conflicts.
Trade unions here have welcomed the announcement of restoration of the deputy labour commissioner (DLC) post and withdrawal of labour commissioner powers from the Noida authority CEO.
“Though the authority CEO had been given powers of labour commissioner, he never visited the labour department. Nor did he talk to trade union leaders. He delegated the powers to ACEO and DCEO but these officers too never listened to labour problems. They too visited the labour department office only once in a while,” said Gangeshwar Dutt Sharma of a trade union.
“The DLC used to listen to us and send notices to industrialists for violation of labour laws and help labourers in recovery of wages and other matters,” said Sharma.
“We gave a memorandum of demands to the CM in Lucknow. He has promised to restore the Noida DLC post and withdraw powers from CEOs,” Hind Mazdoor Sabha representative Virender Sirohi told Hindustan Times on Tuesday.
“We have also demanded withdrawal of cases against employees of the MNC who were booked after the death of its CEO in 2008,”said Sirohi. “Regarding wage revision the CM has formed a committee to review the present wage structure. Presently Delhi’s minimum wages is around Rs 2,500 more than a UP worker who gets just Rs 4,500 per month,” said Sirohi.
Industries have reacted very cautiously to the CM’s announcement. Aditya Ghilidyal, senior vice president, Association of Greater Noida Industries, said, “Under the current regime industrialists were not having much labour problems from trade unions. The reversal to the old system will lead to harassment of industrialists.”
Noida Entrepreneur Association general secretary Pradeep Mehta said, “This move will prevent industrial growth in the twin cities as investors may refrain from setting up units here due to labour problems. A single-window service for industrialists was an attraction for new industries to come here.”