Cabinet nod for wage code Bill likely

Looking to bring in a fresh wave of labour reforms, the Labour Ministry is likely to seek Cabinet approval for the Code on Wages Bill next week as it pushes for its passage in the ongoing Parliament session, a source said.

The Bill lapsed after the 16th Lok Sabha was dissolved last month. Now the Ministry would have to seek the Cabinet’s nod for introducing it in either House of Parliament.

“The Cabinet can approve the wage code Bill next month. The Labour Ministry wants to push the draft law for passage in the current Parliament session,” the source said.

The wage code Bill is one of four codes envisaged by the government which would subsume 44 labour laws with certain amendments. The four codes will deal with wages, social security, industrial safety and welfare, and industrial relations.