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The union labour ministry informed a Parliamentary panel that it will insist on appropriate compensation for workers in states which diluted factory laws to allow longer shifts.
- As the demand for workers in factories jumped after production lines restarted many states relaxed labour laws to extend daily shifts from 8 hours to 12 hours to help industries cope up with the shortage of staff.
- Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana and Himachal have relaxed labour laws.
- Deposing before the parliament’s standing committee on labour labour secretary, said that if an industry makes workers slog for extra hours, then it has to pay 200% of daily basic pay—as stipulated in the law—for each extra hour, and if the worker is on duty in a holiday, then he has to be paid 300% of his basic.
- The panel also insisted that the ministry must come up with special social security card for all migrant workers—those coming through agencies, self-employed or joining factories directly—that will help them getting social security coverage.
- The panel said that as migrant workers have started returning to cities, the receiving states must make the social security cards.
-Source: Hindustan Times