The Union Labour & Employment Minister Shri Mallikarjun Kharge has informed the Rajya Sabha that review/updation of labour laws is an ongoing process. The required changes in the labour laws are accomplished by the Government after detailed consultation with the social partners including labour organizations and industry sector. Accordingly, amendments to Acts like the Payment of Wages Act, 1936, the Payment of Bonus Act, 1961, the Payment of Gratuity Act, 1972, the Employees’ State Insurance Act, 1948, the Industrial Disputes Act, 1947, the Plantation Labour Act, 1951 and the Workmen’s Compensation Act, 1923 have recently been carried out and a new Act, namely, the Unorganized Workers’ Social Security Act, 2008 has been enacted.
Replying to a written question in the Rajya Sabha today the Minister said bill to amend the Labour Laws (Exemption from Furnishing Returns and Maintaining Registers by Certain Establishments) Act, 1988, and The Mines Act, 1952 have been recently introduced in the Parliament.
PIB Release, August 10, 2011