Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a strong pitch for labour reforms in his Independence Day speech saying it would simplify the lives of the poor.
“Laws should be clear and precise. It is only then that society progresses. There are 44 different types of labour laws in the country which confuse labourers,” he said.
Modi added, “We have brought a change in them. We are converting 44 labour laws into four simplified codes, which will be easy to follow for the poor as well as the illiterate labourers.”
Modi’s push for labour reforms comes in the backdrop of opposition by trade unions on various proposed amendments, including those relating to retrenchments, formation of unions and closure of units.
The unions, including RSS-affiliated Bharatiya Majdoor Sangh, have planned to go on a one-day strike on September 2 to oppose the amendments.
While the government had set up a high-level inter-ministerial committee under finance minister Arun Jaitley to evolve a consensus on labour reforms and other issues in May, it failed to make any headway in its first meeting held on July 19.
On unclaimed amount in Employee’s Provident Fund, Modi said the amount will be utilised for the welfare of poor labourers.
“We are making special identity cards for labourers in the unorganised sector so that wherever they go, whichever factory they work in, we will have their identity and details and we will utilise this `27,000 crore for their welfare,” Modi said.