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Implementation of social security code priority, says minister

According to the Minister of Labor and Employment, Bhupender Yadav, the implementation of the Social Security Code, 2020 and bringing the maximum number of workers under the scope of social security schemes were the top priorities of the government.

mr. Yadav told The Hindu on Tuesday that the focus on expanding social security schemes would be discussed at Friday’s meeting of the State Enterprise for Employees. Mr Yadav, who was inducted into the cabinet during the enlargement in July, said the job would be for him and the ministry to ensure that the benefits of the Social Security Code “reach the poor and the oppressed”. One of the hallmarks of the Social Security Code is the extension of benefits under the Employees’ State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) to gig and platform workers.

“The necessity of the hour is that a large number of workers should be covered by social security schemes,” Mr Yadav said.

The Social Security Code, which was adopted along with codes on wages, labor relations and occupational safety in 2019 and 2020, has yet to be implemented as the rules drafted under the law have not been notified. When asked when the four labor codes would be implemented, Mr Yadav declined to comment on a timeline.

According to Ministry of Labor sources, the rules drafted under the four codes are ready to be notified and states are in the process of publishing their own rules for this. Earlier in the year, Labor and Employment Minister Apurva Chandra had said the rules would be ready before April 1. Officials have since not commented on when the rules would be released. A source at the ministry said it would take some time to implement the rules once they were notified and employers would likely be given three months to comply.

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