Guwahati/ 8th September’2017 (Prag News Desk): The Assam Legislative Assembly, day three took a major leap by passing the Industrial Disputes(Assam Amendment) Bill, 2017, that benefits and safeguards the labor laws.
The Industrial Disputes (Assam Amendment) Bill, 2017, which authorises the employers to retrench up to 300 employees ‘without seeking prior approval of the government.’ The Bill was passed amid vocal opposition from Congress MLA Sherman Ali Ahmed, who staged a walkout after his demand for a division on the Bill was rejected by the Speaker.
The Statement of Objects and Reasons of the legislation states that “The salient feature of the Act is to amend the Industrial Disputes Act, 1947, raising the threshold on number of employees from 100 to 300 to allow retrenchment of employees without seeking prior approval of the government…”
It added that the amendment seeks to “achieve the objective of ‘Ease of Doing Business’ and thereby encouraging positive business environment in the State. ‘Ease of Doing Business’ being an important initiative of the Government of India, the State government proposes this amendment as one of its labour reforms.”
Minister for Labour and Employment Pallab Lochan Das discounted apprehensions of misappropiated hiring and said that both the Central and State governments, in recent times, have taken steps for safeguarding the interests of workers, including expanding social security and insurance benefits.
He also pointed out that the Bill has not been brought to facilitate retrenchment of employees, but only for issues dealing with closure.
Meanwhile, the House also passed a number of other Bills.
They include The Assam Municipal (Amendment) Bill, 2017, The Assam Science and Technology University (Amendment) Bill, 2017, The Kumar Bhaskar Varma Sanskrit and Ancient Studies University (Amendment) Bill, 2017, The Majuli University of Culture Bill, 2017, The Madhabdev University Bill, 2017, The Bhattadev University Bill, 2017, and The Rabindranath Tagore University Bill, 2017.