Agri Business

Centre plans to bring labour reforms in plantation sector

Our Bureau Kochi | Updated on January 27, 2018

The Centre is in the process of bringing out labour reforms in the plantation sector for the benefit of all stakeholders, Shankar Aggarwal, Secretary, Ministry of Labour & Employment has said.

There are 44 labour laws governing plantation industry and most of them are archaic, he said while addressing the annual conference of Upasi at Ooty.

Though the plantations are responsive for the welfare of the workers, he said the cost borne by the industry should be reduced for its survival.

The outgoing Upasi president N. Dharmaraj said that Plantations Labour Act is outdated law and there are needs for a fresh comprehensive look at its various provisions to relieve the employers of the burden taking into account the changes that have taken place over the years and to bring the plantation employees under the cover of the various government schemes.

Plantations have arguably the best human development index for any agrarian community in the world commensurate with its depth and range of social and welfare cover, he added.

Azam Monem, Chairman, Indian Tea Association also spoke.

Published on September 28, 2016

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