Aimed at helping investors and accelerating growth, the Modi government is
planning a new labour legislation that would merge 44 labour laws under four
categories– wages, social security, industrial safety & welfare, and industrial
relations. The decision has been taken at an inter-ministerial meeting chaired by
Home Minister Amit Shah and attended by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman,
Labour Minister Santosh Gangwar, Commerce and Railway Minister Piyush Goyal
among others. "A new Labour Bill will be introduced in the coming session of the
Parliament," Gangwar told reporters Tuesday after the hour-long meeting.
Gangwar said the draft bill will be placed before the Union Cabinet after which it
will be introduced in Lok Sabha, possibly in the second week of the coming
Parliament session. "All major labour unions in the country were consulted by the
government for the new labour laws," he said.