FOCUS ON LABOUR LAWS 

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By FROM OUR SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT
  • Published 16.12.00
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New Delhi, Dec 16 :    New Delhi, Dec 16:  With Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee today indicating that the second generation of reforms will begin with the government, the Centre is readying to touch the sensitive issue of labour reform. The Union minister for law, justice and company affairs, Arun Jaitley, said the direction had been set by the Prime Minister and it was only a matter of time before the Centre got working on labour legislation. Jaitley was responding to a questions from businessman K K Modi and Vir Sanghvi, the moderator in a panel discussion at the 73rd annual general meet of Ficci, on whether the government was willing to make a time-bound commitment on labour reform. This morning, at the inaugural, the Prime Minister said the next burst of reforms will largely focus on the government where the Centre will begin by cutting surplus staff by 10 per cent and introducing a voluntary retirement scheme.