Ludhiana News: The central government has put a lockdown to prevent the spread of corona infection in the country. During this lockdown, the government had asked all companies not to deduct the salary of their employees. An order in this regard was issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs.
The MSME body of Ludhiana has now filed a petition in the Supreme Court against this order of the government. The 41-member Hand Tools Association has moved the apex court against this order of the government. The petition has challenged the government’s order asking them to pay full wages to all employees.
The petition said that this order of the government is arbitrary, not rational, but also discriminatory and unconstitutional to make it liable.
Significantly, on March 29, instructions were issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs that all employers will have to pay salary to their employees without deduction during the lockdown period. It will be under Section 10 (2) (I) of the Disaster Management Act. Along with this, the government warned that if the instructions are not followed, necessary action will be taken under the Act.
Hand Tools Association president Subhash Chander Ralhan says that the industries have been completely shut since March 25 due to the lockdown due to Corona and no work is being done. We are not able to pay the employees April salary.
Due to the closure, we are neither able to sell the products in the domestic market nor are we able to export them. The members of the association are Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises.
The association has filed a petition under section 32 of the Constitution in the Supreme Court challenging section 10 (2) (I) of the Disaster Management Act 2005.
The petition states that the Disaster Management Act 2005 does not give the Central Government the authority to force private institutions to pay full wages to workers in lockdown.
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