The UP government has cleared an ordinance that suspends most of the labour laws in the state for a period of three years. The decision by the Yogi Adityanath-led government is believed to have been taken to revive the state’s economy that has been disrupted due to the Covid19 nation-wide lockdown.
The ordinance was put forward late Thursday night following a meeting convened by the chief minister. The ordinance titled Uttar Pradesh Temporary Exemption from Certain Labour Laws Ordinance, 2020 was given the nod by the UP cabinet. The ordinance has relaxed all labour laws in the state except three. The three exceptions relate to the abolishment of bonded labor, ex gratia to workers in case of work-related diseases and disabilities, and timely wage payments.
The ordinance aimed at kickstarting the industrial growth and attracting new investors is applicable to all existing industries and manufacturing units as well as new ones that will come up in a few years. Some of the labour laws that have been suspended include those related to labor unions, settling work disputes, regulations for working conditions, contracts, among others.
The ordinance has been sent to the governor for approval.