In light of the Wistron events, Shankkar Aiyar discusses the need for improving labour laws and governance in India.
"The gap between laws, regulation and redressal mechanism is not unique to Karnataka. The domain of labour dispute resolution across India is a messy landscape of delays and decay. In its report on the Industrial Relations Code 2019 submitted in September, the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Labour reveals “about 23,000 cases are pending in 22 Central Government Industrial Tribunals” and six of these tribunals had no presiding officer at the beginning of 2020.
India’s aspiration for a $5 trillion economy simply cannot be sustained by Licence Raj era governance, legislation, institutions and regulatory framework. The disruption caused by technology and structural shifts in business models — for instance, the gig economy — call for modernisation of laws and regulations. Sustainability of any policy in a modern economy depends on the robustness of the regulation and implementation capacity of the state — particularly the last mile of delivery which is the first mile of governance."
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