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Labour reforms will merge 44 laws into just four: Labour secretary
New Delhi : In another move towards ease of doing business in India, the government is consolidating 44 labour laws into just four and the draft bills will be tabled in the monsoon session of parliament beginning mid-July, the top official in the labour ministry has said.
 
"We are realigning 44 labour laws into four. Out of that two are already ready -- Code on wages is already with the cabinet, Code on industrial relations is with the Ministry of Law," Shankar Aggarwal, Secretary, Ministry of Labour and Employment, told IANS in an interview.
 
Tripartite talks for the other two laws -- one on safety and working conditions of workers and the other for their social security and welfare -- will be held among the central and state governments, trade unions, and employers represented by the top industry chambers, he said.
 
"The bills for the four labour laws should be placed in the next session in parliament," Aggarwal said at his office.
 
"Most of our labour laws are not in sync with the current times. For ease of doing business, the people via the new legislations will be able to do things like online registration and filing of returns," said Agarwal, a 1980 batch officer of the Indian Administrative Service of the Haryana cadre.
 
"The consolidation will also facilitate manufacturers and entrepreneurs."
 
One of the codes intends to unify wages of workers across the country among all sectors, while another seeks to amalgamate all laws pertaining to industrial relations. The third deals with social security, health insurance and pension, and the fourth on labour conditions.
 
The second National Commission on Labour had recommended that 44 central labour laws be broadly grouped into just four-five categories. The report of the Working Group on Labor Laws and other Labour Regulations for the 12th Five Year Plan had also recommended clubbing them together.
 
Once the new bills are framed and passed, it will lead to ease of compliance. Consolidating the different labour laws will reduce multiplicity and ensure better enforcement and compliance.
 
International Labour Organisation Director in India Panudda Boonpala said recently that a key theme in the debate on employment relations in recent years is the flexibility wished for by employers, along with security, benefits and protection that workers are entitled to.
 
"India is at a very crucial juncture in relation to bringing about labour law reforms. It is important that all stakeholders join in the discussion and arrive at a consensus that would be the best option for the country," she said.
 
"Experience around the world suggests that new labour problems are solved neither by old forms of regulations nor by removing regulation, but by better regulation, and social dialogue is the best means to achieve this end."
 
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B. Yerram Raju

1 year ago

The second sentence in my comment just posted should read as 'The reason is not far to seek.' Omission regretted.

B. Yerram Raju

1 year ago

Two areas of reforms in this country are more formidable than the rest: 1. Cooperatives and 2. Labour. The reason is far to seek. Irrespective of the party to which the leaders belong, they all rose from the cadres in either a primary cooperative or a labour union. They grew up making riches at the cost of these sectors and therefore, the biggest challenge. As an optimist I feel that leaders will turn round looking at their grandsons and grand daughters shaping as successful entrepreneurs both within and outside the country.

Worldwide PC shipment decline continued in 2016 Q1: IDC
The overall PC shipment for the first quarter of 2016 stood at 1.99 million units -- registering a decline of 20.8% (quarter on quarter) over Q4 2015 and decline of 7.8% over Q1 2015 (year on year), the market intelligence and advisory services International Data Corporation (IDC) said on Thursday.
 
The commercial PC segment recorded 1.08 million unit shipments in Q1 2016 -- a 24.5% drop against Q4 2015 (quarter on quarter). 
 
HP Inc. reclaimed top spot with market share of 25.1% in the Indian PC market. HP also gained back its top position in overall consumer market with a market share of 25.6% in Q1 2016 owing to its strong channel presence and influential online contribution.
 
Dell captured the second spot with a market share of 23.6%. It declined by 11.4% quarter on quarter. 
 
The company performed exceptionally well outside the large education projects and recorded a growth of 10.9% quarter on quarter growth in overall commercial category by virtue of its strong distribution and partner-led business, the report added. 
 
Lenovo took the third spot with 19.7% market share in the quarter. 
 
"Indian PC market will be looking to revive in due course of time," the IDC report added.
 
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Telecom regulator issues consultation paper on free data
The Indian telecom watchdog on Thursday floated a consultation paper in an effort to explore transparent models that can achieve benefits of free data.
 
“This consultation paper is being issued to explore model(s) that could achieve the benefits of offering free data while avoiding the ingenuity that the Differential Tariff Regulation is meant to prevent,” the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) consultation paper on free data said here.
 
The model should facilitate the unconnected and under-connected consumer to become better connected and should not allow any telecom service provider (TSP) or large company playing a gatekeeper or biased role, the paper asserted.
 
“The model should use the principles of open, transparent and equal access to consumer services by all consumers and all businesses. TRAI believes that the proposed model should not hold back innovation and the opportunity to increase Internet penetration and usage,” it added.
 
In a move seen as an endorsement of net neutrality, TRAI on February 8 said no to discriminatory pricing of data content.
 
"No service provider shall offer or charge discriminatory tariffs for data services on the basis of content," TRAI had said in a much-awaited regulatory order.
 
"No service provider shall enter into any arrangement, agreement or contract, by whatever name called, with any person, natural or legal, that has the effect of discriminatory tariffs for data services being offered or charged to the consumer on the basis of content," the watchdog had said.
 
On Thursday the sector regulator said: "After issuing the regulation, certain organizations represented to TRAI that though the regulation was necessary to prevent gate keeping function either by TSP, but there is a need to have some TSP agnostic platform which can facilitate app developer to promote their website by providing some incentive to user for making their website popular."
 
"Therefore, there is a need to enable smaller entrepreneurs to flourish without permitting gate keeping function in the hands of the TSPs and also to give the consumers more choices for accessing the Internet," it added.
 
This consultation paper also delved into the matter of reimbursing the users.
 
It said: "The direct money transfer approach could be similar to the subsidy payment, for the domestic LPG connections, wherein the user pays for the connection like any other normal connection, and then the oil company or government pays the subsidy directly into his or her bank account."
 
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