The centre has no instant plan to present any financial compensation to migrant employees heading to their native villages amid the lockdowns imposed in main city centres to arrest the spike in Covid-19 circumstances. Even the brand new Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Code that governs inter-state migrant employees could not come to their assist, because the related guidelines are but to be notified by the states.
Though enterprise and business are but to face labour crunch, the exodus of employees from cities like Delhi and Mumbai have pressured the federal government to take a seat again and take notice.
The union labour secretary had a gathering together with his state counterparts final week by which neither the states that offer migrant labourers or those which obtain such labour expressed any severe concern over the present scenario.
Meanwhile, the labour ministry revived 20 management rooms it had arrange throughout the nation in April final 12 months to mitigate the issues of migrant employees. These management rooms, monitored and supervised by the chief labour commissioner, had resolved grievances of lakhs of such employees final 12 months by means of coordination with numerous state governments, the labour ministry mentioned in an announcement on Tuesday.
Announcing the revival of the management rooms on Tuesday, Labour secretary Apurva Chandra mentioned migrant employees are free to get in contact by way of e mail, cellular and WhatsApp with the officers manning these management rooms for any sort of assist they require. “Our officers will be there to help them,” Chandra mentioned in a video assertion.
These management rooms may also deal with wage-related grievances of employees employed within the Central sphere like ports and mines.
Given that the OSH code will not be invoked to sort out the scenario, Rituparna Chakraborty, co-founder & govt vice-president, TeamLease Services, mentioned: “This pretty much tells us the need and urgency behind notifying and making the four labour codes implementable between the Centre and states.”
XLRI professor KR Shyam Sundar mentioned, “The non-implementation of the labour codes which the government claimed would provide universal benefits and cover migrant workers and informal workers far more comprehensively than the existing labour laws will surely hurt and deprive potential benefits and reliefs to millions of vulnerably placed migrant workers.”
The OSH code offers for an employer to offer an inter-state migrant employee yearly backward and forward journey allowance to his native place from the place of employment. States have been empowered to offer choice to such a employee for availing advantages of public distribution system both in his native state or the vacation spot state the place he’s employed.
The related provisions of the OSH Code are relevant to each institution by which 10 or extra inter-state migrant employees are employed or have been employed on any day of the previous 12 months.
The labour ministry has not too long ago launched area work for conducting an all-India survey of migrant employees. It may also survey the households having inner migrants with a particular deal with migrant employees and to grasp Covid-19’s impression on migrant employees.
During the country-wide lockdown final 12 months, a little bit over 1.14 crore migrant employees returned to their dwelling states; nonetheless, most of those migrant employees additionally returned to their workplaces and resumed productive employment, labour minister Santosh Kumar Gangwar mentioned in Lok Sabha on February eight this 12 months.
To increase employment and livelihood alternatives for migrant works returning to villages within the wake of Covid-19 outbreak, the federal government had on July 20,2020, launched Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyan in 25 districts to offer employment and create infrastructure within the rural areas with a useful resource envelope of `50,000 crore. No such scheme has been introduced by the federal government to date within the present 12 months.