Labour Min­istry Makes an En­try in Ease of Do­ing Busi­ness Reg­is­ter

56 reg­is­ters un­der nine cen­tral laws merged into five

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New Delhi: The labour min­istry has ra­tio­nalised and sim­pli­fied pro­ce­dures to main­tain reg­is­ters un­der var­i­ous labour laws in a move aimed at en­hanc­ing ease of do­ing busi­ness that will lead to sharp re­duc­tion in cost and com­pli­ance bur­den on the em­ployer.

The min­istry has no­ti­fied ‘Ease of Com­pli­ance to Main­tain Reg­is­ters’ un­der var­i­ous Labour Laws Rules, 2017, fol­low­ing which 56 reg­is­ters un­der nine cen­tral laws have now been merged into five reg­is­ters.Be­sides, un­der the eas­ier com­pli­ance regime new reg­is­ters have only144 data fields com­pared to 933 data fields ear­lier.

“For the ease of and for the ex­pe­di­ent com­pli­ance of the re­quire­ment of the var­i­ous labour re­lated laws re­ferred to herein and for the pur­pose of main­tain­ing com­bine reg­is­ters for all such laws, it has be­come es­sen­tial to frame sep­a­rate rules for the said pur­pose,” the no­ti­fi­ca­tion dated Fe­bru­ary 21 said.

Ac­cord­ing to the no­ti­fi­ca­tion, the em­ployer shall hence­forth main­tain a com­bined reg­is­ter in the forms spec­i­fied in the sched­ule to these rules ei­ther elec­tron­i­cally or oth­er­wise.

“If the com­bined reg­is­ter re­ferred is re­quired for in­spec­tion by con­cerned in­spec­tor ap­pointed un­der any of the en­act­ments re­ferred to in the said sub-rule, the con­cerned per­sons shall make avail­able the com­bined reg­is­ters or pro­vide the nec­es­sary par­tic­u­lars for the pur­poses of ac­cess­ing the in­for­ma­tion, as the case may be,” the no­ti­fi­ca­tion said.

The nine leg­is­la­tions for which com­pli­ance has been sim­pli­fied in­clude the Build­ing and Other Con­struc­tion Work­ers (Reg­u­la­tion of Em­ploy­ment and Con­di­tions of Ser­vice) Act, 1996, the Con­tract Labour (Reg­u­la­tion and Abo­li­tion) Act, 1970, Equal Re­mu­ner­a­tion Act, 1976, In­ter-State Mi­grant Work­men (Reg­u­la­tion of Em­ploy­ment and Con­di­tions of Ser­vice) Act, 1979, Mines Act, 1952, the Min­i­mum Wages Act, 1948, among oth­ers.

ANIR­BAN BORA

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