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Minimum Wage Bill To Be Taken Up In Monsoon Session Of Parliament

The law will enable the Central government to set benchmark minimum wages for different regions across the country

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Labour Minister Santosh Gangwar on Tuesday said a parliamentary standing committee has finalised its report on first labour code, Wage Code Bill 2017, and the legislation would be taken up in the monsoon session of Parliament after the document is submitted.

The law will enable the Central government to set benchmark minimum wages for different regions across the country. The Bill provision says that states cannot set minimum wages below the benchmark set by the centre.

Gangwar added, “I have spoken to the chairman of the committee regarding finalization of its report on Wage Code Bill and it will be submitted soon.”

The draft bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha in August 2017 and was subsequently referred to the committee for scrutiny which is expected to submit its report in the monsoon session.

The Bill also seeks to combine Payment of Wages Act, 1936, the Minimum Wages Act, 1949, the Payment of Bonus Act, 1965, and the Equal Remuneration Act, 1976, into one code.

Gangwar also added that the Labour Ministry wants 38 labour laws to be incorporated into four broad codes — wages, industrial relations, social security and occupational safety and health and working conditions. The codification of labour laws will remove the multiplicity of definitions and authorities, leading to ease of compliance without compromising wage security and social security to workers.

Union Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari was present with Santosh Gangwar, and Gadkari suggested that the Labour Ministry needs to come up with out-of-the box thinking to improve conditions of workers in the country and should encourage more use of technologies to improve delivery of benefits to them. He said technology can help reduce pendency of cases related to workers in labour courts and tribunals. 

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