A petition has been filed in the Supreme Court of India, challenging the central government's order to pay full salaries to employees of private companies during the lockdown. The Ludhiana Hand Tools Association has filed a petition in the Supreme Court, in which it has said that under the Disaster Management Act, it is wrong for the Center to issue full pay to private establishments. This leads to a violation of the rights to do business and equality found in the constitution. In the petition, the court has demanded the cancellation of the Central Government's order of March 29 for giving full salary.
A similar petition was filed by a textile company in Maharashtra last week. However, the trade union of Maharashtra has also filed an application in the petition of the textile company, saying that it is the right of the employees to get full salary. By the way, these petitions are not yet on hearing. Meanwhile, this new petition has been filed by the Ludhiana Hand Tools Association.
In the petition of the Ludhiana Hand Tools Association on this matter, the court has demanded the cancellation of the order of the Center on March 29. After this, on 30 March, the Ministry of Labor and Employment issued an advisory to all the regional labour commissioners, saying that all the employees of the establishments that were closed by the lockdown would be considered on duty during this period. All private and government establishments are advised that they will not remove the employees from their jobs nor will their salary be deducted. Not only this, temporary and contract employees were also considered involved in this.