Centre’s full wage order may push industry into bankruptcy: Amarinder

By: Express News Service | Chandigarh |

Published: April 15, 2020 4:32:36 am

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Tuesday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to rethink directives to industry and business institutions to pay full wages to their staff in the course of the lockdown interval, saying it may push them into chapter.

In a letter to Modi, Amarinder urged the Centre to search for modern options to guard the pursuits of staff with out inflicting irreparable injury to industry and business institutions.

In an order issued on March 29 beneath The Disaster Management Act, the Union Home Ministry had stated, “…all the employers, be it in the industry or in the shops and commercial establishments, shall make payment of wages to their workers, at their workplace, on the due date, without any deduction, for the period their establishments are under closure during the lockdown.”

Amarinder stated that this “part of the order” wants reconsideration as “this will have huge financial implications for industry as well as shops and commercial establishments in the state and may push them to bankruptcy as the income of most of these units has completely stopped due to lockdown”.

Amarinder termed as crucial the re-examination of the matter by the Centre. He stated the Centre ought to discover some modern options “whereby the interests of the workers can be protected without impairing the financial health of commercial and industrial units beyond repair”.

Pointing out that the Punjab authorities had written individually to the Union Labour Ministry on the problem, he additionally urged Modi to advise the ministry to take early motion on this regard.

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