A unified web portal aimed at making the labour compliance process easier for industries and a revamped labour inspection scheme are two of the many labour reform initiatives Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched on Thursday.
He said these steps exemplified his government’s approach of ‘minimum government and maximum governance’.
The web portal — Shram Suvida — will see a common window for the compliance of 16 central labour laws. Earlier the factories had to file compliance reports for all the laws separately.
The portal will also act as a platform for timely redressal of grievances from the industry.
Under the new labour inspection scheme, in order to bring in more transparency a computer generated lottery will direct labour inspectors to various factories.
Once the inspection is done the inspector will have to compulsorily file the report within 72 hours.
“We have replaced 16 forms (which factory owners had to fill) with one form, which is available online. Now, a computer draw will decide which inspector will go for inspection to which factory and he will have to upload his report online in 72 hours,” said Modi, elaborating on the two schemes.
He added, “These facilities are what I call minimum government, maximum governance.”
Other than these two initiatives Modi also talked about revamping Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) which he said are the only source for supply for skilled manpower to the manufacturing sector.
The PM also announced the merger of three schemes for the unorganised sector — Rashtriya Swastha Bima Yojana, Aam Aadmi Bima Yojana and Indira Gandhi National Old Pension Scheme.