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Ministry of Labour & Employment04-January, 2007 17:15 IST
Inter-State Migrant Workmen (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service) Act, 1979

As per census 2001, 314.54 million persons moved for various reasons within the country.  Out of these, 29.90 million migrated for reasons of employment.  In order to safeguard the economic and other interests of the migrant labourers, the Government has already enacted the Inter State Migrant Workmen (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service) Act, 1979.  This act provides for:

Ø       Registration of all principal employers/contractors employing migrant labour.

Ø       Licensing of contractors – no contractor can recruit any migrant labour without obtaining license from the appropriate government.

Ø       Issue of passbook affixed with a passport-sized photograph of the workman indicating the name and the place of the establishment where the workman is employed.  The period of employment, rates of wages, etc. to every inter-state migrant workman.

Ø       Payment of minimum wages fixed under the Minimum Wages Act, 1948.

Ø       Payment of equal wages for inter-state migrant workmen performing similar nature of work along with the local labourers.

Ø       Payment of journey allowance including payment of wages during the period of journey.

Ø       Payment of displacement allowance.

Ø       Providing for suitable residential accommodation.

Ø       Providing for medical facilities free of charge.

Ø       Providing for protective clothing.

It shall be the duty of every contractor employing inter-state migrant workman that in case of fatal accident or serious bodily injury of such workman to report to the specified authorities of both the States and also the next of kin of the workman.  It shall be the duty of principal employer to nominate a representative to be present at the time of disbursement of wages to the migrant workman by the contractor.

Both the Central and the State Governments are required to implement the provisions of the above Act in their respective jurisdictions.  The Central Government has been advising the State Governments from time to time to enforce the Act in both letter and spirit in their jurisdiction.  The  Labour Minister has requested all the Chief ministers of the States/Union Territories to ensure implementation of the Act in their States.

Inspections made and prosecutions launched under the Inter-State Migrant Workman (RECS) Act, 1979 during 2004-05 in 8 states and the central sector is as follows:

States

No. of Inspections carried out

No. of Prosecutions launched

Delhi

1033

53

Uttar Pradesh

2441

357

Haryana

456

126

Rajasthan

489

33

Gujarat

924

13

Tamil Nadu

2686

35

Tripura

4532

46

Assam

250

3

Central Sector

92

277

MLD:LK:Back-1(inter-state migrant workmen)4.1.07

(Release ID :23797)

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