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Returning migrants line up at the Dadar Railway Station in Mumbai | Photo: Vasant Prabhu | ThePrint

Employers must pay migrant workers to go home once a year, Modi govt’s labour rules propose

Draft rules also mandate health check-ups for employees over 45 years of age, among other things. People have 45 days to give suggestions or raise objections.
Representational Image | People working at an office | Anindito Mukherjee | Bloomberg

Workplaces with women on night shift have to provide creche & canteen, draft labour rules say

The draft rules, part of the Occupational Safety, Health and Working Condition Act, 2020, are likely to be put in public domain next week to invite feedback. 

India’s informal workers need more than Modi govt’s labour code to get social security

Expecting India's low-paid, unorganised workforce to be part of a fully contributed social sector architecture is unrealistic, writes IAS officer serving in Bihar.
Maharashtra farmers

Farmers and labourers over a privileged few – India is finally going the right way

Modi govt’s reforms will have far-reaching implications by expanding individual rights, which were only enjoyed by privileged few so far.
Uber app on a phone | Commons

Under new labour code, an Uber driver can be both gig and platform worker. It’s a problem

It is a great initiative by the Modi govt, but there are issues of overlapping definitions & how to make registration accessible to as many workers as possible.
Illustration by Ramandeep Kaur

Modi govt’s labour reform was long awaited, but it alone can’t change face of industry

Land, transport, electricity costs need to be reduced; arbitrary interpretation of tax and other laws needs to stop. Failure to do so will have opposite effect.

Workers being targeted after farmers, this is Modi ji’s rule, says Rahul Gandhi

Taking to Twitter, the Congress leader attacked PM Modi over the labour reform bills saying under his rule the poor are exploited and 'friends' nurtured.
A worker at a utensil factory in Jammu in May | Photo: ANI

How Modi govt’s 3 new labour codes were passed in Parliament, and the changes they will bring

In episode 575 of #CutTheClutter, Shekhar Gupta explains why the three labour codes passed in the Parliament Wednesday are mired in controversy and the reforms they will bring about.
Representational image of a worker at a factory in India | Flickr

Easy to fire workers, social security for migrants, gender equality — 3 labour codes decoded

The codes on industrial relations; occupational safety, health and working conditions; and social security aim to simplify archaic labour laws and give impetus to economic activity.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses 'Atmanirbhar Bharat' defence industry outreach webinar via video conference, in New Delhi on 27 August

Passage of labour reform bills will ensure workers’ well-being, boost economy, says PM Modi

In a series of tweets, PM Modi said these 'futuristic legislations' universalise minimum wages, timely payment and give priority to occupational safety of workers.

On Camera

An Indian Oil Corp. employee loads LPG cylinders onto his vehicle in Cochin | Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

12% slum households in India still without LPG connection. Five ways to improve access

In a rapidly urbanising India, the exclusion of urban poor from energy access will have severe long-term implications on their health and economic development.
An employee arranges frozen chicken products in a freezer at a Big Bazaar hypermarket, operated by Future Retail Ltd. | Photographer: Dhiraj Singh | Bloomberg

Future Retail’s resolution plan to restructure bank debt eases some immediate concerns

The debt resolution plan, accepted by lenders, is subject to approval by a committee formed by the RBI and exchanges.

Defence

Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Covid hospital in Delhi, set up by DRDO | By special arrangement

DRDO reopens makeshift Covid hospital in Delhi, 5 other facilities to come up across India

DRDO says the 500-bed Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Covid hospital in Delhi will cater to Covid patients who require critical care.
Illustration by Soham Sen

There’s a need to hold up a mirror to Modi govt on Covid management, and this is the picture

Between premature victory mood that allowed Kumbh & elections, and lack of urgency on vaccines, Modi govt has walked into its biggest crisis. The way out needs realism, humility and one ‘Ram baan’ weapon.