Alarmed with the exodus of migrant labourers, the Haryana government is planning to abolish the contractual system of employment and introduce a new policy for those working on daily wages in factories and other infrastructural projects in the state.
Despite growing number of industries in Gurgaon, Faridabad and other places, a large number of workers from Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Uttarakhand returned their home states in the recent past.
Following the Maharashtra model, the Haryana labour and employment minister Shiv Charan Lal Sharma has proposed a 10-point programme for the employers and asked them to treat the contractual workers at par with regular employees. Sharma, who visited Maharashtra last week to study the industrial policy of that state, said various industries and infrastructural projects in Haryana have been facing manpower crunch after a large number of migrant workers left the state in last one year.
The minister said the ratio of regular and contract labourers in Haryana was about 50:50 while it was 90:10 in Maharashtra. For safeguarding the interests of labourers, now industrialists willing to shut down their units would need to obtain a no-objection certificate (NOC) from the government after clearing wages and other benefits to the workers. Without NOC, the plot could not be sold and the sub registrar will not be able to register sale deed of that industrial plot. With this, industrialist will have to clear the dues like arrears of the labourers, their ESI and PF.
The minister said that efforts will be made to reduce the number of contract labourers in Haryana. Making mandatory for employers to pay salary through cheque, providing provident funds and other benefits are part of the proposed policy.