Non-enforcement of labour laws leads to violence: Kharge

NEW DELHI, Sept 27:
The Government today blamed the failure in enforcement of labour laws for the recent “flaring” up of incidents in Maruti Suzuki plant in Haryana and some other industrial units in the country.
“Enforcement of labour laws has to be followed strictly. Failure in this area has led to the recent flaring up of incidents like Maruti Suzuki in Haryana, Regency Ceramics, Yanam, Puducherry and Neyveli Liginite Limited in Tamil Nadu,” Labour and Employment Minister Mallikarjun Kharge said.
Noting that respect for industrial democracy and aiming towards high industrial growth should go hand in hand, he said the need of the hour is to ensure a healthy social dialogue so that all creative energy is channelised for the progress of the country.
“Employers should not turn a blind eye towards the labour statutes and at the same time the workers should refrain from taking law in their own hands. Employers and workers should conduct themselves in such a way that they earn the respect of the whole world,” he said, addressing state labour ministers conference here.
In this regard, Kharge said he has been regularly communicating with the State Governments to stress upon the need for effective implementation of labour laws.
He said legislation related to minimum wages, contract labour, industrial disputes and working conditions in the factories affect the life of the working class in a very significant way touching the lives of the deprived and marginal sections of the society.
Kharge appealed to state labour ministers to maintain an industrial climate which is conducive to achieving high growth rate.
“It should also give highest regard to protecting the interest of the working class. Our country’s economic progress and social peace will depend on our responsiveness to the needs and rightful aspirations of the working class,” he said.
Referring to the Government’s drive to scale up skilled workforce in the country, he called upon the states to lay emphasis on this front and collect information about the status of various programmes on skill development and candidates passing out.
“I would like to appeal to all the labour and employment ministers to utilise amount (earmarked for skills development) in time and send the details of the candidates so that certificates could be issued. I also request the state governments to send information about passout candidates to update our records,” he said.
The conference, being attended by about 16 to 20 labour ministers will discuss about the minimum wages, ensuring industrial harmony, among several other issues. (PTI)

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