The Labour Ministry is in the process of codifying the 44 central Labour Laws that exists at present in 4 labour codes, Bandaru Dattatreya, Minister of State for Labour and Employment (Independent Charge) said here on Friday.

At an interactive meeting with employers and employees of the textile industry at the Southern India Mills Association here, the minister said that the multiple labour laws would be amalgamated into 4 codes for simplification of the same.

The four codes include — Code on wages, Code on industrial relations, Code on social security and Code on safety, health and working conditions.

Of the four codes, the first two — namely — Code on wages and Code on Industrial relations — would be brought up during the next Parliament session.

“The tripartite committee has worked. I will be meeting the ministers in this connection next week; after that it will go to the Cabinet for approval before becoming a Law. I am confident of introducing these two codes in this session,” he added.

Besides codification, the Labour Ministry is also planning to nationalise the Labour Laws, Dattatreya said

Reiterating the Centre’s commitment, he said “we are committed to job security, wage security and social security.”

Responding to the issues raised by the employers on provident fund contribution related issues and the poor quality of service at the ESIC (Employee State Insurance Corporation), he said the government is intent on getting more people into the formal sector.

“Close to 93 per cent of the workforce is in the unorganised sector; their working condition, wages and social security cover is not as attractive as those in the formal sector eventhough they are engaged in similar jobs. We have undertaken a mission to bring them into the formal sector, provide social security. Activation of UAN (Universal Account Number) is therefore very important.”

The Ministry is envisaging to complete activation of UAN numbers of all employees across the country by March 2017, he said, adding “we have given orders to field officers for activation or face punishment.