Launch of Impact of Covid-19, Reforms, Poor Governance on Labour Rights in India by Dr K.R. Shyam Sundar

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News Desk, News Nation 360 : Eminent Labour Economist & Professor, Human Resources Management Area at XLRI - Xavier School of Management, Dr K.R. Shyam Sundar’s new book titled – ‘IMPACT OF COVID-19, REFORMS, POOR GOVERNANCE ON LABOUR RIGHTS IN INDIA’ was released recently at a virtual event. He dedicated the book to the premier international academic body (co-founded by former President Shri V.V. Giri), the Indian Society of Labour Economics. At a formal web function the book was

released by Prof. D. Narasimha Reddy (Professor of Economics (Retired), University of Hyderabad) in the presence of Prof. Babu Mathew, Professor, National Law School of India University, Prof Praveen Jha, Professor, Centre for Economic Studies and Planning, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi, Ramapriya Gopalakrishnan, ILO consultant; Leading Labour Advocate, Chennai and Dr Radhicka Kapoor, Senior Fel, Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER). Talking about the book released, Dr K. R. Shyam Sundar said that ever since the introduction of economic reforms in 1991 in India, employers and critics of labour regulation have argued for the introduction of reforms of the labour laws and the inspection system. They demanded codification of labour laws and the introduction of employer-friendly reforms in the process. The Central government irrespective of the parties in power is committed to

labour laws reforms, more so the NDA government.  On the other hand, the trade unions have stridently argued that in the era of globalization job losses have become rampant, the quality of jobs has deteriorated considerably and hence demand that labour laws need to be universalized and be effectively implemented. ILO strongly recommended a four-pillar approach is a comprehensive and balanced approach arguing for designing policies and measures based on social dialogue to ensure employment generation, income and social protection and workers’ rights and support to the firm. But the tale of policy-making in India during the Pandemic does not conform much to the healthy perspective of ILO. His book is based on the fundamental premise that labour institutions and social dialogue are indispensable for promoting sound labour market and industrial relations policies that would at once protect both employers’ and workers’ rights and concerns, especially during the crisis-ridden crucial time such as the one everyone is facing now. The book authored by Dr K.R. Shyam Sundar, XLRI provides a critical and comprehensive analysis on the contemporary developments during the Pandemic-hit period 2020-21 concerning migrant workers, unorganized workers, labour rights, complete failure of the governance of the labour market, the Labour Codes that were hurriedly enacted by the Union Government and regional labour reforms measures. It also discusses the responses and strategies followed by the trade unions. The book not only critically analyses the contemporary developments but also provides valuable recommendations based on the People-centered ILO approach.

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Report : Anustup Kundu