Coming in the backdrop of globalisation and economic reforms, Labour Day will get an added dimension this time in India.
After several years, MPs have lost count of it---Parliament will discuss the budgetary demands for grants for this ministry on the day the second phase of the Budget session opens on April 26.
This will be followed by the International Labour Conference on April 27-28 where the problems of labour, violations of labour laws and effective implementation of labour laws will be taken up. And to lend greater substance to the issue, the Consultative Committee of the Labour Ministry will meet on May 3---two days after International Labour Day on May 1---to discuss the amendments to the Plantation Act so that managers do not default on payment to the workers.
The need to focus on the problems of labour is an acknowledgement that the problem of rampant violation of labour laws while initiating economic reforms, cannot be swept under the carpet. ``It is so palpable that reality cannot be ignored,’’ said CPI member Gurudas Dasgupta who, like other Left leaders, was agitating on behalf of the organized and unorganized labour in Parliament and outside.
During the discussion on the allocations for the Labour and Employment Ministry issues related to the problems of the working class are expected to be taken up in a big way. ``It is a good development to list this ministry for discussion. We will be able to place our viewpoints effectively,’’ said Dasgupta.
In keeping with practice, the two Houses discuss in detail allocations for a select group of ministries. The remaining are put to the guillotine and voted in a bunch.
Before it went into recess in March, the Business Advisory Committee meeting had decided that the House would, during the second phase of the session, discuss labour, science and technology, HRD and Home.