MP takes a leap in easing labour laws,

 These include changing contract labour conditions, allowing third party inspections, allowing workers to work up to 72 hours a week if they are willing and are paid overtime, and introducing compounding provisions to reduce industrial disputes.

 To bring other changes into effect the state has already sent, or is in the process of sending proposals, to the Centre that requires its approval.

 Registration and license for industries, shops and bidi manufacturers among others, will now be given in just one day against the existing provision of 30 days. The state has already notified changes in the Public Services Delivery Guarantee Act that will entail a fine on the authority responsible for registration and licencing these services. The applicant will receive the fine as compensation.

 Factory license will henceforth be required to be renewed only once in ten years instead of annual renewal. Under the Contract Labour Act, the state will now give license for the entire duration of the contract rather than for a calendar year.

 Contractors who employ less than 20 workers are not required to seek registration. The state has proposed to the Centre to increase the number of workers to 50.

 It is sending a proposal to the Centre to make punishable offences under the Contract Labour Act compoundable.

 Except the clause that deals with safety of workers, the MP government has given relaxations in all provisions of the Factory Act for the next three months.

 Except Section 25 of the Industrial Disputes Act, the state has relaxed all other provisions to allow industry owners to select workers as per convenience. Industries employing less than 100 workers have been exempted from the provisions of the MP Industrial Employment (Permanent Order) Act.

 The state has sent a proposal to the Centre to increase the number of workers to 50. The state has argued that it will give freedom to such units from the provisions of the Factory Act and they will be able to increase production to their full capacity. Also, industries not running on power are required to be registered if they employ 20 workers. The state has proposed to the Centre that the limit should be removed.

 The state has already issued a notification allowing shops and establishment to remain open from 6 am to 12 pm arguing that on one hand it will create more jobs and on the other it will avoid crowding.

 Various labour laws require industries to maintain 61 registers and file 13 returns. Now they will have to maintain just one register and file one return, with self-certification being treated as sufficient.

 Calling it a “complete end of inspector raj”, the employers can now choose third party inspection for their industries because they often complained of harassment. Earlier third part inspectors could be registered only in Mumbai, but now they can register with MP Labour Commissioner.

 Small and cottage industries employing less than 50 workers have been kept free from inspection. Henceforth, they could be inspected only with the permission of the labour commissioner and in the event of someone filing a complaint.

 The state has issued a notification relaxing provisions of MP Industrial Relations Act till further orders. This will allow factory manager and the trade union to resolve disputes according to their convenience without going to the labour court

From India, Mumbai
Fine, Mr.Prabhat. But it would have been better had you added your item-wise opinion on the proposals.
From India, Salem

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