With the advent of globalization and liberalization of reforms, a revolutionary development is seen in Industrial Sector. More and more setting up of industrial units involving wide spread use of machinery, changes in working and living environment of workers, concentration of industries in large towns have brought the workers together to maintain and improve their bargaining power and hence their employment conditions. Also, the Government of India passed several Acts to regulate conditions governing the registration of these industrial units. The Rules framed under Labour Acts impose obligation on registered industry (primary units) to submit annual statutory return in the prescribed format to the concerned authorities of their respective States/Union Territories. These State/UT Authorities in turn furnish the consolidated data in respect of the entire State/UT to the Labour Bureau. The Labour Bureau compiles and disseminates these statistics at All India level.
However, the reliability and uses of the Statistics collected under these Acts are not much beneficial to the users due to many reasons, like poor response, low quality and long time lag. Despite the fact that the rules framed under various acts impose obligations on industries to submit returns, these units resort to casual practices of submitting returns due to low penalties prescribed under these acts.
The book attempts to simplify/rationalize returns so as to facilitate concerned State/UT Authorities in consolidation of data received from primary units. Also, recommendations have been given in the relevant chapters for electronic capturing of data for quick transmission of data through Web Portal. I hope that the ideas presented in this publication would prove useful to the users.
I take this opportunity to thank the members of the Sub-Committee set up to examine the forms prescribed under different labour legislations handled by Labour Bureau and submit their suggestions for simplification/rationalization of these forms to enable the larger committee constituted by Inter-divisional Committee for considering the suggestions. The Officers and other officials of the Shimla Office also deserve Bureau's appreciation for their timely cooperation and efforts. Last but not the least, the Officers and staff of the LS Division of Labour Bureau deserve special mention for their sincere efforts put up for implementing the suggestions and bringing out the publication in quickest possible time.
About This Report
Chapter 1: Simplication of Returns: An Introduction
Chapter 2: The Minimum Wages Act, 1948 Simplification of return & its E-capturing
Chapter 3: The Factories Act, 1948 Simplification of return & its E-capturing
Chapter 4: The Payment of Wages Act, 1936 Simplification of return & its E-capturing
Chapter 5: The Plantations Labour Act, 1951 Simplification of return & its E-capturing
Chapter 6: The Motor Transport Workers Act, 1961 Simplification of return & its E-capturing
Chapter 7: Shops & Commercial Establishment Act Simplification of return & its E-capturing
Chapter 8: The Industrial Employment (Standing Orders) Act, 1946 Simplification of return & its E-capturing
Chapter 9: The Workmen's Compensation Act, 1923 Simplification of return & its E-capturing
Chapter 10: The Maternity Benefit Act, 1961 Simplification of return & its E-capturing
Chapter 10: The Industrial Disputes Act, 1947 Simplification of return & its E-capturing
Chapter 10: The Trade Union Act, 1926 Simplification of return & its E-capturing
Chapter 13: Dynamic handling of Returns
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