Labour minister Santosh Kumar Gangwar, on Monday, informed the Lok Sabha that the Centre has not agreed to proposals by various state governments on increasing the work hours under the Factories Act, 1948. The Act, inter-alia, provides for working hours of the workers employed in a factory registered under the Act. “During an existing pandemic, the ministry of labour & employment has received the draft ordinances/bills from different state governments through the ministry of home affairs regarding amendment in the existing provisions including extension of working hours under the Factories Act, 1948,” he said. “This ministry has not agreed to proposals for extending working hours,” minister Gangwar said.