M'rashtra to table SEZ bill with Labour Act changes
Maharashtra has drafted SEZ Bill, which proposes few exemptions from major labour related laws.india Updated: Jul 02, 2006 12:03 IST
Maharashtra Government looks forward to table its Special Economic Zone Bill during the monsoon session of Assembly, top official sources said.
Maharashtra, with central nod for its 35 SEZs, has drafted SEZ Bill, which proposes few exemptions from major labour related laws like the Bombay Industrial Disputes Act and the Payment of Bonus Act, top sources said.
Last year, the Central Government had passed the SEZ bill. However, the clause 50, mostly dealing with labour issues was dropped from it as the Left had strongly opposed it.
This had left the decision of amending present labour laws for the SEZs with the states.
The extent of changes made by Maharashtra government is though not known, the bill is expected to deal with issues like prohibitions for the SEZ employees from going on strike or joining any such related activity.
It may also contain amendments whereby the SEZ companies will require no permission to shut down the unit or lay off its workers, they added.
"We have amended certain prohibitions under present labour laws...But we have seen that workers interest will be preserved. At the same time we have to take care of investor's concern," Maharashtra minister for industries and mines Ashok Chavan said.