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December 23, 2010 01:53 AM 1
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Sub: Union Government open to Changes in Contract Labour Law[CLRA] .

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As per the report of the Premier Press Organization in India Press Trust of India [PTI] in its report dated 22-10-2010 published in the Business Standard of 23 rd October 2010 Hon’ble Minister of State for Labour and Employment Mr Harish Rawat addressing a seminar on 'Management of Contract Labour in PSEs'[Public Sector Enterprises] organized here by Standing Conference of Public Enterprise expressed concerns over denial of statutory benefits to contract labour, and said the government would proceed on amendments to the law for such workers with an open mind.

"As far as amendments to the Contract Labour (Regulation & Abolition) Act, 1970 are concerned, we will proceed with an open mind," Mr Rawat said Industry has been demanding for long that the Section-10 to the Contract Labour (Regulation & Abolition) Act 1970 should be dispensed with but indicated that on the contrary, the Unionists think the other way round. He indicated that under Section 10 the Government can identify any process, operation or other work in an establishment, where it can prohibit any employment of contract labour and pointed out that the act is aimed to abolish and regulate contract labour.

Asked whether, any amendment bill for making changes in the Act is expected to be tabled in the forthcoming winter session, Mr Rawat said, "We are preparing the draft bill which is unlikely to be tabled in the next Parliament session."

The Minister urged the public sector to be a role model employer and to show a pathway to the private sector in implementing government regulations on labour.

Echoing similar views, Labour Secretary P .C .Chaturvedi said, "The law (for contract labour) has lost its spirit. There was an intention to reduce labour law over period of time, but it happened the other way round."
"Everybody is employing contract labour to reduce cost. But cutting cost does not mean exploitation of labour. It should be done by increasing productivity by modernization, best practices and using best technology," he said.

Mr Chaturvedi said, "Now public sector is using contract labour to cut cost and such workers are treated as second grade citizens."

"It is the PSUs, which should show the way to private sector. If the contract workers are treated with human face, the demand of regularization (of employment) would mellow down," he added.

On this occasion, Director General SCOPE U D Choubey said: "There are plethora of social security laws in India and SCOPE endorses the views of the government that welfare of the workers is a real concern as large number of people in the country are living below poverty line."

We support the views of the Hon"ble Minister  Mr Harish Rawat and Labour Secretary P C Chaturvedi that there should be a balanced approach.

We eagerly await the draft legislation on behalf of the Industry.

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