A team comprising MPs and senior officials from the Ministry of Labour and Employment will be sent to four states to investigate complaints of violation of labour laws and submit a report to the Parliament.
The four chosen states are Haryana, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. The Ministry has received several complaints about labour laws being violated in terms of payment, hours of work and retrenchment. The largest number of complaints has been received from Haryana.
"Violation (of labour laws) has become part of economic reforms. The Ministry also doesn't function at all levels," CPI leader and president of the All India Trade Union Congress, Guru Das Dasgupta said. The decision to form a study team was taken at the Parliamentary Consultative Committee on Labour meeting on Wednesday.
The Committee, which was chaired by Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Oscar Fernandes, was meeting after a gap of almost six months.
Fernandes also accepted two other proposals in principle on Wednesday. Centre of Indian Trade Union general secretary, Chittabrata Majumdar's proposal to set up an enquiry into the service conditions in the IT sector was accepted. So was the proposal to hold a conference of state labour ministers on labour law violations.
It was also decided in the meeting to expand the National Child Labour Project (NCLP) from the current 250 districts to the rest of the country. Under the project, the Ministry runs rehabilitation programmes and special schools for child labourers besides paying them a stipend. At present, 7819 schools that are being run, have been able to reach out to 3.99 lakh children, according to government figures.
The Ministry noted with concern about the rising incidence of child labour in Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan. Between the 1991 and 2001 census, the number of children working in UP have risen by more than 5 lakh from 1410086 to 1927997. In case of Rajasthan, the increase has been more than 5 lakh from 774199 to 1262570.