Working Hours Can Be Increased Only By Paying Overtime: Centre To Parliamentary Panel

About 9 states proposed to extend work hours from 8-12 by diluting labour legal guidelines (Representational)

New Delhi:

Working hours can’t be elevated past eight hours a day with out paying for extra time as some states have tried to do by diluting the labour legal guidelines, prime officers of the centre indicated to a parliamentary panel on Monday.

The highest brass of the Ministry of Labour and Employment on Monday briefed the parliamentary standing committee on labour, chaired by BJD MP Bhartruhari Mahtab, on modifications within the labour legal guidelines effected by state governments throughout lockdown and points confronted by migrant employees amid the pandemic.

About 9 states proposed to extend the working hours from eight to 12 by diluting the labour legal guidelines, however later rolled again the choice after dealing with flak from numerous stakeholders, particularly the commerce unions.

The parliamentary panel on labour had written to varied state governments looking for clarification for diluting the labour legal guidelines.

The panel members led by Mahtab questioned the central authorities officers about dilution in labour legal guidelines, particularly rising the working hours from eight to 12, a supply within the panel stated.

Responding to the panel, the labour ministry officers stated the modifications tried by state governments must be in response to the proposed 4 labour codes. They stated since India is a signatory to the Worldwide Labour Organisation (ILO), the nation can’t transcend the stipulated eight hours, sources within the panel informed PTI.

The officers additionally knowledgeable the panel that if the working hours must be elevated, it must be accomplished with the consent of employees and so they have to be compensated with extra time or compensatory leaves, they stated.

The panel additionally questioned concerning the plight of migrant employees in the course of the lockdown, to which the officers conveyed that they’re widening the ambit of the definition of ‘migrant employees”.

The panel members additionally urged to incorporate self-employed individuals equivalent to hawkers, rickshaw-pullers and others within the definition of migrant employees, and that they need to get all these advantages which they’re entitled to of their native states.

The panel additionally urged to ease the situations for availing advantages of the Staff’ State Insurance coverage (ESI) and Staff’ Provident Fund (EPF) in order that migrant employees can avail these advantages, sources stated.

ESI and EPF are self-financing and welfare scheme for employees.

The members additionally pitched for removing of the standards on minimal variety of staff and wages to avail these two social safety schemes, to which the officers responded positively, sources added.

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