Indian states' decision to suspend labour law amid COVID-19 crisis is delirious policy-making not backed by empirical analysis
The utter disregard for the value of human life could not be starker than in using the COVID-19 crisis as the foreground for the whittling down of labour rights. The proposed moves are the most short-sighted manifestation of the hasty assumptions that continue to undergird the case for neoliberal reform of India’s labour law framework.
Tap here for relief: 90% of India’s workforce are without food or shelter, but govt requires smartphone apps to deliver help
The government also overlooked the fact that a majority of the stranded labourers who are from the unorganised sector are either vulnerable or extremely vulnerable.
Corporate tax cut a signal to structural reforms, govt should focus on non-tax revenues to offset deficit: CEA
On 20 September, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had announced a reduction in the base corporate tax rate to 22% from 30% as part of stimulus measures to revive the slowing economic growth.
Six months into presidency, Emmanuel Macron's ratings plummet after his push for reforming French labour law
In his first six months in power, Emmanuel Macron has chalked up one reform after another in a whirlwind that has nevertheless seen his poll numbers plummet.
The reason for the reluctance of Indian businesses to invest in sectors that are labour intensive is the restrictive labour laws
As part of the Change India initiative Firstpost conducted a Twitter debate on the country's future investment agenda with Dhiraj Nayyar, CEO, Think India Foundation and editor-at-large, Firstpost, Shankkar Aiyar, journalist-analyst and author of 'Accidental India', and Bibek Debroy, economist and professor at the Centre for Policy Research.