Lok Sabha passes bill on higher compensation for employee’s injury

New Delhi : Lok Sabha today passed a bill that provides for higher compensation in case an employee is injured in industrial accident and has a provision for hefty penalty in case any violation by the employers.

The Employees Compensation (Amendment) Act 2016 was passed by voice vote after Labour and Employment Minister Bandaru Dattatreya said the government was committed to ensure protection of jobs, wages, social security and fair wages to workers.

Replying to a debate on the bill, he said the new legislation provides for payment of compensation up to Rs 50,000 to Rs 1 lakh to employees and their dependants in the event of injury by industrial accidents, including occupational diseases.

The Bill, the minister said, also provides a hefty penalty in case of an violation by an employer which could prove to be a “deterrant” to the employees.

Insisting that the NDA goverment is a “pro-worker” and “pro-labour”, the minister said efforts have been made to expedite the pending labour cases in courts.

As of June 2016, there were 17,289 such cases with every year witnessing an addition of 1320 cases, he added.

Talking about “achievements” of the Modi dispensation, he said the labour unions had called for a strike on September 2 but he addressed seven of the ten demands raised by them.

The government has also increased the minimum pension from Rs 350 crore to Rs 1000 crore, Dattatreya said.

He said the government has also launched a National Career Service Portal, in which 9 lakh people have registered.

Codification of 44 laws is also being done in four major segments — Codes on Wages, Social Security, Safety, the minister said.

Taking a jibe at the Congress, he said a lot of misinformation is being spread through the House.