PM unveils labour reforms to end ‘inspector raj’

SansadTV Bureau

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday unveiled a string of labour reforms, including measures to end ‘inspector raj’, asserting that ease of doing business is “essential” to ensure ‘Make-in-India’ campaign successful.

He dedicated a number of schemes under Shramev Jayate (work alone triumphs) programme which includes portability through universal account number for employee provident fund, single window portal to enable doing business with labour ministry and labour inspection scheme in central sphere.

Modi said these steps exemplified his government’s approach of ‘minimum government and maximum governance’.

Elaborating on steps to end the inspector raj — harassment by officials, Modi said a transparent labour inspection scheme is being developed to check arbitrariness.

“We have replaced 16 forms (which factory owners had to fill) with one form, which is available online. Now computer draw will decide which inspector (labour) will go for inspection to which factory and he will have to upload his report online in 72 hours.

Noting that it is the responsibility of the government to simplify processes for doing trade, the Prime Minister said, “Ease of business is the first and foremost requirement if ‘Make In India’ has to be made successful. Ease of business is the priority for Make In India.”

Inaugurating the ‘Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay Shramev Jayate Karyakram’ organised by the Labour Ministry, Modi also reached out to 4.2 lakh ITI students through SMS as he greeted the achievers with ITI degrees in various fields, hailing the undergraduate technical course.

Laying emphasis on skill development in Apprenticeship Protsahan Yojana that he launched, the Prime Minister said that the country has huge potential to provide manpower to the world, which will require this by 2020.

An initiative to revamp the apprenticeship scheme has been undertaken and the particular scheme will support one lakh apprentices during the period up to March 2017.

Stressing that the government functions on trust and not doubt, he said that this was the vision behind his government’s decision allowing self certification of documents by enterprising youths, who had to run from pillar to post earlier to get their documents attested by officials.

Exhorting people to accord respect to labour and consider labourers as ‘Shramyogi’, he said that society can develop only if the dignity and honour of labour is restored in social life vis a vis other white collared jobs.

“We have not considered labour respectable. We treated it as downgrade,” he said, adding that a compassionate approach will ensure that “Shram Yogi” becomes “Rashtra Yogi” and “Rashtra Nirmaata”.

Modi made a strong pitch for understanding and appreciating labour issues through the perspective of the labourers, so that they could be resolved with compassion.

The Prime Minister lauded the efforts of the Ministry of Labour and Employment in launching a series of schemes simultaneously, which took into account the interests of workers as well as the employers. He said the Shram Suvidha Portal has simplified compliance of 16 labour laws, through a single online form.

Modi said that transparent Labour Inspection Scheme for random selection of units for inspection would end undue harassment of the “Inspector Raj,” while ensuring better compliance.

Lauding e-governance as easy, effective and economical governance, he said that it will also boost transparency.