State wants to ease closure norms for large factories too
M’rashtra bars construction within 100 feet of hill ranges Cos With 300+ On Rolls Account For 45% Of Workforce BEST set to hike fares by up to ₹ 12 for long trips
Mumbai: There can be no new construction within 100 feet of foothills across the state. The area will have to be maintained as an open space and reserved as a nodevelopment zone.
Two years after the Pune bench of the National Green Tribunal ruled that no permission must be granted for building construction on hill tops (where the slope ratio is 1:5) as well as 100 feet around the foothills, the state urban development department has directed all municipal corporations and councils across Maharashtra to implement the order.
There are essentially three hill ranges in the suburbs close to Mumbai—the Kharghar range (part of the Sahyadris), the Ulwe hills and those along the ThaneBelapur belt, where quarrying also happens. Mumbai: Maharashtra’s proposed labour reforms on factory closures and sackings go beyond several states, including Rajasthan. If the proposals go through, all the 37,234 factories in the state will have the option of closing down and sacking workers without seeking government permission.
Currently, the Industrial Disputes Act, 1947 allows factories with fewer than 100 workers to close down and retrench workers without seeking state clearances. The state labour department has proposed that the exemption be extended to factories with less than 300 workers, a reform already in place in states including Rajasthan and Haryana. TOIhad reported this on November 11.
However, the proposal further suggests that factories with 300 or more workers also be allowed to close down and retrench workers without state clearances if they give 60 days’ notice and 60 days compensation to workers for each year of continuous service.
This proposal is significant because 45% of the state’s factory workers—the largest chunk—are employed in factories with 300 or more workers. The state has 1,365 such factories employing 11.37 lakh of its 25.16 lakh factory workers.
Factories can forgo govt permission if they give 60 days’ notice and 60 days’ wages
“This proposal will promote ease of business. It will also be beneficial to workers because they currently receive 15 days’ compensation for every year of continuous service if there is a closure. The proposal increases their compensation,” said state labour secretary Rajesh Kumar. The state’s proposals are patterned on the Centre’s model law. Mumbai: The BEST committee on Tuesday voted for a bus fare hike ranging from Rs 1 to Rs 12 for distances of over 4km, reports Somit Sen. No hike has been recommended for shorter distances. The BMC’s approval is needed before the proposal is sent to the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Transport Authority for final fare revision.
Commuters have strongly opposed the hike, saying BEST should first improve its services and bus frequency. “Even if the fare hike is zero for those travelling up to 6km, a big number of commuters take buses for journeys between 4km and 30km. The hike will pinch their pockets,” Ravindra Gaikwad, a commuter from Thane, said.