UP becomes the second state after MP to give more autonomy to existing and future enterprises when it comes to labour laws. Both the states have scrapped most of the existing labout laws for 1000 days in order to boost the manufacturing sector and give jobs to the labourers that have gone back to the state in the wake of Covid-19.
As talked about in a previous descussion, reforms in land and labour laws are needed for India to become a manufacturing hub.
How do you see these chages for the labourers and for the enterprises? Will they provide the desired results?
@prateekchopra Both the states doing good work for laborers will surely help the economic growth of the state and country.
@prateekchopra several state governments have realized that they may face labour shortage. So is this the reason behind for bringing in these 'reforms', means ultimately one labour will be able to do the quanity of work equivalent of 2 labours.
@prateekchopra Gujarat has followed the steps of UP and MP. Haryana is looking to make similar move too.
@prateekchopra The millions of labourers are already havin a tough time, when the lockdown was implemented the central govt did not bother and thought about the far reaching implications for them. Last night Mr Nalin Kohli in an interview , when asked about this labourers situation went back to old foes that this problem is from the past 70 years as to why these labourers are their at the first place- so still running the blame game.
Some diluted laws are raising the working hours to 12 and not maintaining the register and this is for the labourers who are not having a healthy lifestyle and 12 hours of physical work, how much more insensitive can the government become. The workers have already started to lose confidence in the government during this pandemic time. And now further diluting their condition is more of an inhuman decision rather than focussing upon economic growth.
Let us understand one more part to this as to on the backdrop of which decision this plan comes in - When theCM of certain states requested the UP CM to not to take back their respective labourers as they are looking for economic revival through opening up of industries and they will need the people for their workforce but at the same time many of these people for the workforce stated that they would like to return to their home state.
The central govt heads do have funds but did they utilise it towards the betterment of these labourers , No . but now for the economic prosperity they are simply using them.
If proper care of these workers are not done they won't start working and would indulge in farming and agri activities in their respective places, what should be done is to consult the pro poor economists who will contribute to plans for the economic revival . The laws in place though govern only a small portion of the overall workforce, as in the unorganised sector the already prevailing laws were not properly followed and now this will create problem even in the organised sector where the laws were prevailing(as mentioned by some bureaucrats) .
@Tuhin12 How is the suspension of these laws further dilute the situations of these labourers, considering that a high percentage of labourers were employed in an unorgabised sector?
Some of these laws were such that an enterprise which was on the verge of closing shop would have to take permission from the Govt before shutting business.
I think this was done to provide more autonomy to the businesses while hiring, and managing their workforce, and at the same time provide employment opportunities to the migrant labourers who have now been brought back to their original states. This will attract foreign companies, which have been demanding these reforms from a long time, to set up industries in these states.
@prateekchopra It is considered by some that while the laws were mostly focussed upon in the organised sector and hence the large portion of unorg sector was suffering already , this will lead to further downgrading of the working environment of the workers given certain benefits being taken away from them and extra work hours being added.
In my opinion , like the point of the Industrial disputes act and certain provisions of it will be taken away , hence the foreign companies and other establishments can just keep the labourers to work as per their convenience and not work in regards to the official rules listed. This being pointed on the basis that now industrialists and many similar others are thinking that they have the opportunity to enter India after being withdrawn from China due to the virus, and such provisions will help them get better deals but I think it will be negative as the workers would not want to work.
from a general perspective , If any one of us are not satisfied with the limited pay which we are getting and long work hours we will not be happy with that job , its similar for them. Even businesses don't have much to pay them and so the raised pay checks won't be their.
In all of this the human aspect is going for a toss.