Govt to amend contract labourer act soon: minister

Govt to amend contract labourer act soon: minister

Dehra Dun: The government proposes to amend the contract labourer act to ensure that there is no discrimination against employees working on same post and under similar conditions in terms of wages and facilities.

Union minister of state for labour and employment Harish Rawat said a bill in this regard was likely to be introduced in the budget session of Parliament next year.

He told reporters that the purpose behind amending the Contract Labourer Regulation and Abolition Act was to improve the lives of such workers, mostly employed in the unorganised sector.

“A homework in this regard has already been completed by eliciting views of state governments and consulting social partners and other stake holders," Rawat said.

The amendment will seek to ensure that the responsibility of welfare of employees rests on the principal employer only, he said.

Rawat also said his ministry was planning to fix a statutory floor level for payment of minimum wages in the country.

Alleging that Uttarakhand government was using central funds given as relief in the wake of natural disasters as “BJP assistance funds", he demanded setting up of all-party monitoring committees at district level.