Trade unions law to be amended to bring transparency in representation : 03-01-2019

Recognition of trade unions is set to get more transparent with the Cabinet approving a proposal to amend the Trade Unions Act 1926.

The proposed Bill is expected to ensure true representation of workers in the tripartite bodies and check the arbitrary nomination of workers’ representatives by the Government, according to a release.

“The proposed Bill will ensure that the nomination of workers’ representatives in tripartite bodies by the government will become more transparent. Trade unions so recognised would be accountable in maintaining industrial harmony. Recognition of Trade Unions at Central, State level would reduce duplicacy of such exercise by different departments. Recognised trade unions may be assigned specific roles at Central or State level,” it added. The Cabinet has also approved a proposal to allot land to Chandigarh Housing Board for construction of apartments for 3,930 allottees under Self-Financing Housing Scheme for UT Employees. It is to make flats for employees of Chandigarh Administration.

Chandigarh Administration approved a scheme namely ‘Self-financing Housing Scheme — 2008’ for employees of Chandigarh Administration, Accordingly, total land area of 73.3 acre was earmarked for making 3930 houses, for the employees. Of this, only 11.8 acre was already in possession of Chandigarh Housing Board. In the instant proposal, 61.5 acre of Government land is to be allotted to Chandigarh Housing Board.

The Cabinet also approved continuation of Rastriya Yuva Sashaktikaran Karyakram Scheme for the Period 2017-18 to 2019-2020 with a Budget outlay of 1,160 crore as recommended by EFC. The scheme beneficiaries are the youth in the age-group of 15-29 years and 10-19 years.

List of tribes

The Cabinet also approved the introduction of a Bill — The Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order (Amendment) Bill, 2018 in Parliament to modify the list of Scheduled Tribes (STs) of Arunachal Pradesh. This will include various tribes and delete some to avoid duplication.

For Assam

The Cabinet also approved the setting up of a high-level committee for implementation of Clause 6 of the Assam Accord and measures envisaged in the Memorandum of Settlement, 2003 and other issues related to the Bodo community. Clause 6 of the Assam Accord envisaged that appropriate constitutional, legislative and administrative safeguards, shall be provided to protect, preserve and promote the cultural, social, linguistic identity and heritage of the Assamese people.

Additionally, the Cabinet also gave post-facto approvals to India-Morocco MoUs on cybersecurity, and India’s stance on Katowice climate agreement.

Source : Times of India