Labour codes implementation delayed further, may now be operational from oct 1st: Lab. Min.
The implementation of four labour codes is being delayed due to the tardiness on the part of the states to finalise rules that are in their domain, said Santosh Kumar Gangwar, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Labour and Employment, according a report published in ThePRINT.
Being labour a concurrent subject,without the notification of state rules, the codes cannot become operational.
In an interview to ThePrint, Gangwar said: “It’s true we wanted to start it (notifying rules) earlier but many states are yet to finalise their rules. They are slowly working towards it…”
He added: “We wanted to notify the rules from 1 July but I think we will have to give some more time to the states. I am hopeful states will be able to finish their part by September and we will be able to notify the rules from 1 October.”
The labour ministry, which has finalised the rules under the central jurisdiction, had planned to notify the rules from 1 April but could not as states were not ready.
“We are pursuing with states to conclude all exercises required for notification of rules. We want to avoid a legal vacuum where the Centre notifies the rules under its sphere but the states are yet to finalise their rules,” the minister said.
4 states, 1 UT have published draft rules under all labour codes
So far, only Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir have published the draft rules under all the four codes, according to labour ministry officials.
States like Punjab have published draft rules under all three codes except the occupational safety, health and working conditions. Gujarat and Odisha have published draft rules under the wages code while Karnataka has published draft rules under industrial relations code. States like Haryana, Meghalaya, Chhattisgarh, Goa, Sikkim, Tripura and Jharkhand are in the last stages of finalising their draft rules.
After the draft rules are published, states have to give time between 30 and 45 days to invite comments and suggestions from all stakeholders. The rules can be finalised and notified only after relevant comments and suggestions are incorporated.