Labour rights are in free fall -Anamitra Roychowdhury

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published Published on May 18, 2020   modified Modified on May 18, 2020

-The Hindu

By suspending labour laws, states are exploiting the unique opportunity provided by the national lockdown

As India slowly attempts to lift its nationwide lockdown, under compulsion of reviving the economy, labour rights are disappearing at an astonishing pace. Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat, which are States ruled by the Bharatiya Janata Party, took the lead in suspending crucial labour laws for varying lengths of time.

Undemocratic introduction

This strategy visualises effecting an economic turnaround through improvement of India’s rank in the “ease of doing business” index, thereby attracting foreign direct investment (FDI) and enthusing domestic private capital. Flexible labour and environmental laws are key instruments through which improvement in ranking is sought (incidentally, India’s rank jumped from 130 in 2016 to 63 in 2019).

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The Hindu, 18 May, 2020,

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