The Ministry has taken steps for drafting four Labour
Codes on Wages; Industrial Relations; Social Security; and Occupational Safety,
Health and Working Conditions respectively, by simplifying, amalgamating and
rationalizing the relevant provisions of the existing Central Labour
Laws. The 4 Labour Codes contain provisions relating to wage, social
security, safety, health and grievance redressal mechanism for workers. These
initiatives are expected to provide wage security, social security,
occupational safety and decent working conditions to the workers. However,
there is no proposal at present to dismantle and merge of Employees’ State
Insurance Corporation (ESIC), Employees Provident Fund Organization (EPFO) with
other central schemes and privatization of social security fund.
The process of Legislative reforms on Labour includes
consultation with stakeholders including Central Trade Unions, Employers’
Associations and State Governments in the form of tripartite consultation.
Besides, the draft Labour Codes were also placed on website of the Ministry,
seeking comments/suggestions from all stakeholders including general public. The
draft legislations are finalised after considering comments/suggestions
received from various stakeholders.
The proposed labour reforms initiatives will reduce the complexity in compliance
due to multiplicity of labour laws and facilitate setting up of enterprises and
thus creating the environment for development of business and industry in the
country and generating employment opportunities without diluting basic aspects
of safety, security and health of workers.
This information was provided by Shri Santosh Kumar
Gangwar, Union Minister of State (I/C) for Labour and Employment in written
reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.