Gujarat’s controversial Bill gets President’s nod

“This provision will reduce unnecessary and endless litigation, as court cases go on for years. Thus, we want to introduce a system wherein labourers can arrive at a compromise with employers without approaching court,” Labour and Employment Minister Vijay Rupani said, defending the provision.

“For this, the government will charge up to Rs. 21,000 in penalty from the employer and give 75 per cent of the money to the affected employee or employees. This will bring quick solutions and reduce the burden on courts,” Mr. Rupani said.

Congress lawmaker Shaktisinh Gohil criticised the government for bringing in the amendments which were against the interests of workers and favoured industrialists.

As for the GCTOC Bill, a senior official of the Union Home Ministry told The Hindu that it was still in the President’s office but he had not asked for any clarification.

As reported by The Hindu earlier, the Union Home Ministry watered down the Bill and prevailed over the Gujarat government’s suggestion to let the State Home Secretary be the final authority on phone-tapping requests.

The Union Home Ministry said the State could not have “absolute powers” and such decisions would be processed only by the Union Home Secretary.

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