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The Uttar Pradesh government has withdrawn its recent order increasing daily work hour shifts in manufacturing units from the existing 8 hours to 12 hours.
- The U.P. government had on May 8 passed a notification diluting provisions of the Factories Act of 1948 and increased work timings by providing certain exemptions to factories.
- The decision was challenged in the Allahabad High Court through a petition by the U.P. Workers Front.
- After the court issued the State a notice in the matter, the Labour department, in an order dated May 15 directed the Chief State counsel to inform the court that the notification to increase work hours was withdrawn.
- States such as Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Gujrat had scrapped Labour laws During the First weeks of May 2020 as a move to bring about reforms to attract new investors who are looking to exit from China.
-Source: The Hindu