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Government to implement “One Nation One Pay Day” system says Labor Minister

Since taking the office in 2014, Gangwar mentioned that the Modi government has consistently worked on reforming labor laws

New Delhi: The BJP-led government in the centre is planning to introduce the One Nation One Pay Day scheme to safeguard the interest of the workers employed in the formal sector, labor minister Santosh Gangwar said. A legislation in this regard may get passed soon, said the minister.

Labor Minister said “There should be a pan-India single wage day every month across various sectors to ensure that workers get paid on time. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is keen on this legislation to get passed soon. Similarly,  Government is also looking at uniform minimum wages across sectors which will safeguard the better livelihood of workers,”.

The Narendra Modi government is in the process of implementing Occupational Safety, Health, and Working Conditions (OSH) Code, and Code on Wages. Parliament has already passed the Code on Wages and rules are being framed for its implementation

On July 23, 2019, the OSH Code was introduced in the Lok Sabha. The OSH Code will boost the private sector by enhancing the coverage of workers manifold by merging 13 central labor laws relating to safety, health and working conditions into a single code.

Under the OSH Code many new initiatives like mandatory issues of appointment letter by employers, annual free medical check-up of workers and broadening coverage of all types of workers in the country.

Since taking the office in 2014, Gangwar mentioned that the Modi government has consistently worked on reforming labor laws.

“Our government has taken up 44 complex labor laws to reform them. We are talking to all stakeholders to make these laws that are more effective and useful.

Gangwar said “Similarly, the central government is preparing a ‘Single Page’ mechanism for several sectors to complete various compliances to ensure an increase in business. We are also introducing an online system of all grievance redressal to ensure that all problems are resolved with 48 hours without any physical interface,”.

Underlining the role of the private security industry as a major job creator today, Gangwar said the sector employs around 90 lakh people at present, which has the potential to go up to 2 crores in the next few years. Minister also said the prime minister is keen to ensure the growth of the sector.

Gangwar added “PM Modi is keen to ensure that all those working in the unorganized sector should get a pension of 3,000 per month besides getting medical facilities. We have introduced various attractive pension schemes for the working society. We will be introducing more schemes in the future to ensure better social security for those who work in the unorganized sector and also labor class,”.

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