New Delhi [India], February 10 (ANI): The proposed labour codes could provide companies with the flexibility of four working days in a week, even as the working hours limit of 48 hours for a week will remain sacrosanct, said Labour and Employment Secretary Apurva Chandra on Monday.
Chandra during a press conference on Monday outlined the key budget announcements for migrant workers and labourers, where he said, “48 hours a week (work) will remain sacrosanct, that cannot exceed.”
“During the tripartite discussion, concerns about working hours going up by 12 hours were raised. An employer may provide for the 5-day working week. We have tried to bring in flexibility by correcting 12-hour work day. Changes will be shared in the final list. There is the binding of 12 per cent employee contribution and 12 per cent employer contribution for wage of Rs 15,000 or below. Anybody contributing beyond that is a voluntary contributor, there is no legal binding on that,” he said.
The official said that the labour ministry has taken concerns into account and have tried to make some changes.
“But along with that, we have also tried to give flexibility in working days because 10.5 hours or 8 hours a week would effectively be for a six-day working week,” said Chandra on the rules that are being finalised on labour laws.
“But it is possible that an employer may provide for a five-day working week and I have come across employers who say that we want even a 4-day working week. We have tried to bring in some flexibility into the workdays,” he added.
The Ministry of Labour and Employment in a press release dated February 8 had said the rules for four (4) labour codes are already underway and likely to complete in the coming week. All stakeholders are also consulted in the framing of rules, the release said.
According to the release, the labour ministry would soon be in a position to bring into force the four Codes, viz., Code on Wages, Industrial Relations, Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions and Social Security Codes.
The release also informed about the launch of Portal for the unorganised labour, adding that the work on setting up of the portal by this Ministry is progressing as per the schedule.
“Portal will collect relevant information on gig, building and construction workers, among others. It will help to formulate Health, Housing, Skill, Insurance, Credit and food schemes for migrant workers,” the release said.
The Portal will be rolled out by May/June 2021 for registration and other facilities of workers in the unorganised sector, including gig and platform workers and migrant workers. (ANI)
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Odisha inks MoU with Arcelor Mittal, company to invest Rs 50,000 cr to set up steel plant
Bhubaneswar (Odisha) [India], March 4 (ANI): An Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed on Thursday between the Government of Odisha and ArcelorMittal Nippon Steel for setting up of a 12 million tonne integrated steel plant in Kendrapara district of Odisha with an investment of Rs 50,000 crores.
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and ArcelorMittal Chairperson and CEO Lakshmi Vilas Mittal have signed the deal.
Today, Union Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan had said Odisha’s long coastline is going to be the epicentre for the development of India.
“The government-led initiatives in the petroleum and steel sectors will provide impetus to the maritime economy in Odisha. Integration of crucial infrastructures like road, rail and port will lead to the industrial development of the state. Potential for the port-led blue economy will be unlocked with the multi-modal rail, road and air linkages with sea and riverine ports for transport of minerals and goods at much lower logistics cost,” he added.
Similarly, on February 28, 2020, Pradhan had said that Odisha would be made a nerve center in the steel sector. He participated in the workshop on “Enabling procedures for the increase of steel used for the growth of the economy”.
Speaking on the occasion, Pradhan had said he is looking forward to making Odisha, the nerve center of Purvodaya (rise of the east) in steel sector.
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given a clarion call for Mission Purvodaya, that is Eastern India driving the national growth and propelling India towards becoming a USD 5 trillion economy,” he added. (ANI)
Kerala HC stays Vijayan govt’s order regularising temporary staff in public sector companies
Kochi (Kerala) [India], March 4 (ANI): Kerala High Court on Thursday stayed the state government’s order regularising the services of temporary staff in self-governing institutions.
The court considered six petitions including that of the Public Service Commission (PSC) rank holders against the government order.
Earlier, the state government had issued an order to regularise the temporary staff who have 10 years of experience in various institutions. The high court stayed the actions initiated on the order which are yet to be completed.
However, the court stated that its stay order is not applicable if the government has completed the procedures related to regularisation.
The court stated the matter for a detailed hearing on all six petitions on March 12. The high court made it clear that no further actions should be taken on this matter until further hearing in the case.
The petitioners had alleged that the government is giving placement to people of their choice in public sector companies, corporations, and boards while many PSC rank holders are waiting for appointments. (ANI)
Sadananda Gowda inspects HURL plant in Gorakhpur, UP CM expresses gratitude
Gorakhpur (Uttar Pradesh) [India], March 4 (ANI): Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Thursday expressed gratitude to Union Chemicals and Fertilizers Minister Sadanand Gowda for investing Rs 8,000 crores in the Hindustan Urvarak and Rasayan Limited (HURL) plant.
“It is a matter of pride for all of us that Union Minister Sadananda Gowda has come to inspect the Hindustan Urvarak and Rasayan Limited (HURL) plant. We thank him for investing Rs 8,000 crores in the project,” said Adityanath via videoconference.
Gowda inspected the under-construction HURL plant where he was accompanied by Adityanath. After his visit, the Union Minister said that there was a plan to start the fertilizer factory in July this year.
Gowda said that right now India is importing 80-90 lakh mega tonne of fertilizer. “India’s total consumption is 320-330 lakh metric tons. The Prime Minister’s vision is that imports should be minimised. Therefore, in 2016 the cabinet allowed five fertilizer units to be restarted. It also included HURL.”
“Today, when I landed in Gorakhpur, I was surprised. The development that has taken place is extraordinary. I congratulate the CM for doing this in a short span. What could not be achieved in the last 70 years, has been done in 4-5 years,” said Gowda.
While addressing the joint videoconference, the chief minister further said: “In 2016, Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone so that the farmers of the country can get fertilizer in the country itself. For one year, the country has been struggling with COVID-19, but despite that the progress of its construction work is satisfactory.”
“Railway Ministry and Fertilizers Ministry has fully supported this. Sadanand Gowda also took full care of the goals that are being given for the benefit of the farmers due to the Prime Minister, “he added. (ANI)
Delhi man cooks up story to mislead cops after accidentally shooting himself
New Delhi [India], March 4 (ANI): A man accidentally shot himself in the knee and then cooked up a story of being shot allegedly by two bike-borne men in Delhi on Wednesday.
The man, identified as Sujeet Kumar, aged 30 years, and a resident of Indira Enclave, lives with his wife and a 10-year-old son and works as a driver in Saket.
A PCR call was received on March 3 at 10.50 am at Police Station Neb Sarai regarding a firing incident at the Indira enclave. “The accused complained that when he was smoking a cigarette at the corner of a park near his house when two boys came on a bike and on a petty issue followed by an argument shot him in his left knee and flee from the scene,” said Atul Thakur, Deputy Commissioner of Police, South Delhi.
The victim is being treated at the trauma centre and is out of danger, he added.
Speaking to ANI, DCP said, “During the investigation, it was noticed that the victim was not answering the questions straight and was diverting the issue. The eye-witness at the mentioned spot did not notice any firing incident or sound. Also, no blood could be discovered at the alleged spot.”
The victim was examined again at AIIMS Trauma Centre where he disclosed that he allegedly had a fight with the neighbouring boys namely, Sumit, Arjun and Vicky 15 days back.
“On sustained interrogation and examination the boys disclosed that the victim was carrying a pistol which he had showed to them in the morning. After he took the pistol inside the room, he and his wife came out with a bullet injury on his knee. When they offered help, the victim refused,” Thakur said.
The victim’s wife was finally traced from a relative’s house.
“She disclosed that her husband had accidentally fired himself from the pistol that he had acquired from a friend or relative. She did all this at the instance of her husband to save her husband,” DCP added.
The pistol was recovered from the scooter of her relative where she was herself hiding too.
Sujeet (victim) has been previously involved in two cases of murder and another under the Arms Act case of 2016 in Ghaziabad district. He had also remained in custody in Dasna jail.
FIR has been lodged against him under the Arms Act and further investigation is underway. (ANI)
BNS Prottoy Commander meets Western Naval Command Chief in Mumbai
Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], March 4 (ANI): Commanding Officer (CO) of Bangladesh Navy Ship BNS Prottoy Captain Ahamed Amin Abdullah met Vice Admiral RB Pandit, Chief of Staff of the Western Naval Command on Thursday as part of the Bangladesh Navy ship Prottoy’s visit to Mumbai from March 2 to March 4.
The CO of Bangladesh Navy ship also laid a wreath at Sea Monument “Gaurav Stambh” within the Naval Dockyard premises in Mumbai.
“Captain Ahamed Amin Abdullah Commanding Officer (CO) of Bangladesh Navy Ship BNS Prottoy accompanied by Assistant Defence Advisor, High Commission of Bangladesh called on Vice Admiral RB Pandit, Chief of Staff, Western Naval Command Headquarters,” tweeted the Indian Navy.
“BNS Prottoy on return passage to Bangladesh from Abu Dhabi, UAE is currently visiting Mumbai from March 2 to March 4. The CO also laid a wreath at the ‘Gaurav Stambh’ – a monument to commemorate Victory at Sea, at Naval Dockyard Mumbai,” further read the tweet. (ANI)
Indian Army along with NGO inaugurates bakery to provide employment to women in J-K’s Rajouri
Rajouri (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], March 4 (ANI): The Indian Army in collaboration with a non-governmental organization (NGO) has inaugurated a bakery to provide employment to women in Kalakote village in Rajouri district.
The bakery was inaugurated on Wednesday in collaboration with the NGO Aseem Foundation.
The 63 Rashtriya Rifles came up with the project to help create employment for women of the under-developed and remote area and help them become self-reliant and improve their standard of life.
The women were trained for 21 days starting from February 8 to February 28 and during this period they were provided with practical knowledge about the bakery operation and baking techniques of several items like cakes and cookies.
“We were provided training for 21 days, in which we learned to bake cakes and cookies of several types. We really thank the NGO and Indian Army for helping and guiding us during the process,” said Saroj Bala, a baker.
Speaking to ANI, Mehak Khurshid, a teacher at Aseem Foundation said, “It is a great experience in teaching other women such tasks through which they can stand up on their feet and be financially independent. We really thank Indian Army for supporting us through the way.”
“During the training period, we taught them to bake a banana cake, walnut cake, dry cake, bread, a famous Maharashtra’s sweet named “Naan Khathai”, and coconut cookies,” Khurshid added.
Expressing gratitude towards the Indian Army, another baker, Khalida Parveen said, “It is a great opportunity provided by the Indian Army. They stood behind us like a backbone and we will be always thankful for the effort they have put in for us.”
The initiative is a small part of the overall effort of the Indian Army towards women empowerment in order to enable them to seek better job opportunities and to make them capable of initiating their own ventures and become self-reliable.
The Municipal Committee Chairman and the general public of the village conveyed their gratitude for this enterprising initiative for the positive engagement of the unemployed women to pursue a line of a profession with better opportunities. (ANI)
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