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Labor code will be implemented soon, the government has taken several steps to increase the participation of women in GDP – Labor Secretary

Labor and Employment Secretary Sunil Barthwal said, the government is encouraging the states to implement labor codes. Since this law is in the Concurrent List of the Constitution, there is a need to make rules at both the Central and State levels.

There is a need to make rules both at the central and state level.

Labor and Employment Secretary Sunil Barthwal said that the labor codes will be implemented soon. Barthwal while addressing a program of industry body FICCI through virtual medium said, the government has tried to make new labor codes keeping in mind the contemporary situation as much as possible. We have also tried to ensure the contemporaryness of this world.

He said that the government has taken several steps to increase the participation of women in the labor force. Barthwal said, unless the participation of women improves, the contribution of women workers to GDP (Gross Domestic Product) will not be able to reach the desired level. We have looked at labor codes from different perspectives including employer, labour, women and youth and it is a good mix of all.

He said that the government is encouraging the states to implement labor codes. Since this law is in the Concurrent List of the Constitution, there is a need to make rules at both the Central and State levels.

When will the labor code be implemented?

He said, at the central government level, we have already published the rules and are ready for it. As soon as the majority of the states make the rules, then we will be ready to implement the code.

Barthwal said that more and more states are coming forward in terms of finalizing the notification and rules. He said, we have to act fast because everyone is eagerly waiting for these rules.

13 states issued draft rules

The Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions Code is the only code on which at least 13 states have already issued draft rules. Most of the draft notifications on Wage Code have been pre-published by 24 States/UTs. This is followed by the Industrial Relations Code (by 20 states) and the Social Security Code (18) issued by the states.

The central government notified these four labor codes

Let us tell you that the central government has notified four labor codes. Wage Code, 2019 and Industrial Relations Code 2020 notified on August 8, 2019 and Social Security Code, 2020 and Occupational Safety, Health and Working Code 2020 on September 29, 2020. However, the Center and the states need to notify rules under the four codes to make these laws applicable in the respective jurisdictions.

The power to make rules under the Codes is delegated to the Central Government, the State Government and the appropriate Government and requires publication of the Rules in their Official Gazette for a period of 30 or 45 days for public consultation. Draft rules on the wage code are pre-published by 24 states. These states are Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Uttarakhand, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Odisha, Punjab, Chhattisgarh, Tripura, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Arunachal Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Maharashtra, Goa, Mizoram, Telangana, Assam, Manipur, Union Territory are territories. There are GNCTs of Jammu and Kashmir, Puducherry and Delhi.

These states issued draft rules on social security codes

At least 18 states have pre-published draft rules on Social Security codes. These states are Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Jharkhand, Arunachal Pradesh, Haryana, Maharashtra, Tripura, Himachal Pradesh, Manipur, Assam, Gujarat, Goa and the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.

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