February 1, 2015 4:10:28 am
To promote industries and improve the ease of doing business, the Maharashtra government is reviewing 20-odd acts and rules pertaining to labour and industries.
The state government on Friday constituted a committee under the State Labour Commissioner Honaji Jawale to study the various acts and suggest improvements and changes for their simplification. They are expected to give a report within a month.
Apurva Chandra, principal secretary, industry, said, “The state government will review these laws. There are several state acts too that the committee will appraise.”
The committee will look into key legislations pertaining to industrial units such as the Factories Act, the Contract Labour Act and the Industrial Disputes Act.
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Besides, other laws such as the Child Labour Act, Maharashtra Recognition of Trade Unions & Prevention of Unfair Practices Act, Smoke Nuisance Act, Bombay Industrial Relations Act, Maharashtra Private Security Guards Act, Mumbai Shops & Establishments Act and so on, would also be reviewed for amendments.
Chief Secretary Swadheen Kshatriya said, “Labour reforms is certainly a top priority and very much on the agenda of this government. Any ‘Make in Maharashtra’ or ‘Make in India’ campaign without labour reforms would be incomplete. However, we would like to do it in such a manner that it would be a win-win situation for both industries as well as labour. It is certainly after a very long time that labour laws are being reviewed for reforms.”
Separately, addressing a press conference on Friday, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had said that the state government would consider labour reforms only to the extent of what the previous government had proposed but was unable to implement.
The six-member committee that the Maharashtra government constituted on Friday would be chaired by the labour commissioner and will comprise development commissioner of industries, joint secretary of labour department, joint secretary of the law and justice department, deputy commissioner of labour from Nagpur and the deputy commissioner of labour administration from the labour commissioner’s office.
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