September, 2014 – Prime Minister Narendra Modi eyes first labour overhaul in decades to create jobs

NEW DELHI: The World Bank suggested simplification and modernization of labour laws in its World Development Report, 2014 to encourage higher productivity and employment generation in India, the union labour minister told Parliament on Monday. Responding to a starred question in the Lok Sabha, Narendra Singh Tomar said the ministry is “addressing the issues of easing compliance burden to promote an enabling business environment”. Amendments have been proposed for labour laws, including the Factories Act, 1948 and Labour laws (Exemption from Furnishing Returns and Maintaining Registers by Certain Establishments) Act, 1988. This has been done to bring them “in tune with demands of changing labour market scenario and to ensure ease of business”, the minister said. The proposed amendments to the Apprenticeship Act, 1961 “are aimed to bring in desired flexibility for boosting training and employment opportunities for youth”, he said. The ministry is developing a single unified web portal for online registration of units, reporting of inspections, and submission of annual returns and redressal of grievances. This portal will facilitate ease of reporting at one place for various labour laws by a single online annual return.