Four labor codes will be implemented in 2022; Welfare scheme for gig workers on the anvil: Mos Labor Rameswar Teli

Despite the delay in implementing labor reforms, the Ministry of Labor and Employment plans to roll out the four labor codes in 2022 and is working on a social protection mechanism for gig and platform workers.

Rameswar Teli, the Union State Minister for Labor and Employment, told Moneycontrol that the ministry is trying to accompany all states before rolling out labor codes, and that existing social security schemes such as the pension for informal sector workers would be integrated into non-union schemes. industry database.

“You see, we speak regularly with all the states. Many of them are already on board and have drafted rules. A few others chat with us. We must not forget that when a great plan or program arrives, we take everyone with us. An exact deadline will be difficult to give, but we believe all four codes will be implemented soon in 2022,” Teli said during an interaction with Moneycontrol.

India has consolidated 29 central labor laws into four codes on wages, social security, occupational health and industrial relations. While the parliament approved the Salary Code in August 2019, and the other three were adopted in September 2020. But none of them have been rolled out yet.

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According to the latest government data, at least 26 states and union territories (UTs) have draft rules for the Wage Code, 22 states and UTs have draft rules for the Industrial Relations Code, 20 for the social security code and 17 for the occupational health and safety code.

The minister said the informal sector database is progressing well and the ministry is looking to achieve the registration milestone of 38 crore.

“The Esharm platform started operating the last week of August and we aim to register at least 38 million people. At present, about 26 million informal sector workers have already registered on the database platform. We expect to reach the milestone soon and hope to provide social security benefits to informal sector workers,” Teli said without disclosing details.

“Some programs will be integrated into the unorganized sector database. We are linking the PM Shram Yogi Mandhan Yojna (PM SYM) which promises a pension to informal workers enrolled in the scheme, with the Esharm database,” the minister said, adding that states have been assigned targets.

“For example, as a parliamentarian, I am from Assam, we have kept the target of registering one crore for Assam in the database of informal workers, and so far at least 65 000 people have registered on the platform,” he added.

Gig workers

Speaking about the welfare of gig and platform workers, the minister said his ministry and senior officials spoke to stakeholders regularly and almost at every meeting.

“We will soon make a final decision on this. We want an improvement in the condition of gig workers. We want gig and platform economy companies to deliver benefits to gig and platform workers. The discussion is open,” he said.

India has registered at least 7,17,686 gig workers, and almost 58% of them come from West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar alone, according to official data.

Additionally, he said – along with gig workers – he was in discussions to design a program for beedi workers, a thriving sector in parts of eastern India and Maharashtra. He said he had previously met with leaders from Bengal and Assam, bidi industry representatives on the same subject.

First post: STI

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