Cabinet approves Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions Bill, 2019

The proposed code enhances the coverage of workers manifold as it would be applicable to all establishments employing 10 or more workers, where any industry, trade, business, manufacture or occupation is carried on, including IT establishments or establishments of service sector, the release said.

 

New Delhi:
The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved a bill that seeks to merge 13 central labour laws into a single code which would apply on all establishments employing 10 or more workers.

 

The proposed Code on Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions Bill, 2019, would enhance the coverage of workers manifold, an official release said.


The decision was taken at the union cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Environment and Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar said.

 

The proposed code enhances the coverage of workers manifold as it would be applicable to all establishments employing 10 or more workers, where any industry, trade, business, manufacture or occupation is carried on, including IT establishments or establishments of service sector, the release said.

 

 

Cabinet approval for the Occupational Safety & Health Code towards mandating National License under CLRA is a great move. This was a much awaited intervention to fight the fraudulent players and practices that co-exists in the ecosystem. The license for executing contract staffing projects will bring ease of doing business for employers and promote formal employment of dignity for our youth,said Rituparna Chakraborty, president Indian Staffing Federation & Co-Founder & EVP TeamLease Services.

 

The organized staffing Industry is majorly plagued with the administrative delays in executing employment projects due to challenges/delays in procurement of licenses, which now will be addressed through National/State Licensing of Contractors (Manpower supply companies). Overall while framing the rules under the code, it is imperative that three key elements are considered, added Chakraborty.

 

``One, the term ‘contractor’ needs to be clearly defined and clear difference should be drawn between job order contracts and manpower supply contracts. Two, the reporting system should utilise the data to enable the state and national government on the actual contract employees in the country through one unique system. And the last consideration required is that the online system of approvals must be brought in to overcome the project delays,'' commented Chakraborty.


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