The Union Cabinet Ministers, on the 10th of July, approved a bill, according to which, the Government of India (GoI) will draft a single code law for all the existing Central labour laws.
Nirmala Sitharaman, the Finance Minister of India, proposed 4 labour codes, which the Central Government wants to draft into a single code. This single code will consist of all the laws of the other labour acts in India.
Santosh Gangwar, the Labour Minister of India, on the 10th of July, addressed a press conference at Shastri Bhavan, Delhi and said, out of the 4 codes, the 2nd code covers 13 labour laws for the benefits of labours.
The GoI also issued a release which states, “The proposed Code on Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions Bill, 2019, would enhance the coverage of workers manifold.”
The Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions Code will be known as the OSH Code and will cover 400 million workers in the organized and unorganized sectors of India.
The OSH Code will be formed by including several acts such as the Factories Act, the Mines Act, the Dock Workers Act, the Working Journalists and other Newspaper Employees Act and the Cine Workers and Cinema Theatre Workers Act.
The decision to pass the bill was taken after a Cabinet meeting, which was held on the 10th of July in Delhi. Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired the meeting.
Prakash Javadekar, the Environment and Information and Broadcasting Minister, Amit Shah, the Home Minister of India, Nirmala Sitharaman, the Finance Minister of India, Rajnath Singh, the Defence Minister of India and other Cabinet ministers attended the meeting.
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