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Reconsider orders on full wages to workers: Capt Amarinder in letter to PM

Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has urged the Centre to reconsider its directives asking industry and commercial establishments to continue paying full wages to their workers during the COVID-19 lockdown period, as it may push them to bankruptcy.


He has urged the Centre to look for innovative solutions to “protect the interests of the worker without causing irreparable damage to the industry/commercial establishments.”


The Chief Minister has written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking reconsideration of the order of the Ministry of Home Affairs issued under the Disaster Management Act, 2005.


The relevant part of the order reads: “that all the employers, be it in the Industry or in the shops and commercial establishments, shall make payment of wages to their workers, at their workplace, on the due date, without any deduction, for the period their establishment is under closure during the lockdown.”


This part of the order, said the Chief Minister, needs reconsideration “as this will have huge financial implications for the industry as well as shops and commercial establishments in the State and may push them to bankruptcy as the income of most of these units has completely stopped due to lockdown.”


On the other hand, Captain Amarinder said, the workers, especially the low-paid ones, could be deprived of their income for no fault of theirs.


The Chief Minister termed it as imperative that the Centre should reexamine the matter and explore some innovative solutions “whereby the interests of the workers can be protected without impairing the financial health of commercial and industrial units beyond repair.”


Pointing out that the state government had written separately to the Union Labour Ministry on the issue, Captain Amarinder urged the Prime Minister to advise them to take early action in this regard.

Source: The Cribune