Prime Minister Narendra Modi has dropped one of the most contentious elements of his proposed labour reforms, paving the way for his long-awaited industrial relations legislation to be introduced to India’s parliament by April 6.
Modi has been battling opposition’s attempt to paint him as a government that favors the business elite over the poor by moving to make it easier to hire and fire factory workers and buy farmers’ land. He’s also faced hostility from unions and his party allies since he first sought to reform labour laws after coming to power in 2014. While smaller changes have passed, the most crucial reforms have until now remained out of reach.
India’s labour minister Santosh Kumar Gangwar said in an interview on Tuesday the administration had abandoned the plan that would have allowed companies with as many as 300 workers to lay off staff without seeking the government’s permission, and would keep the current limit of 100.