The Minister wrote a letter to Gangwar which the I&B ministry’s recommendation on the same was not included in the draft Bill.
This is in response to the labour ministry had, in November last year, written to several ministries seeking their comments on the Bill’s final draft.
The Social Security Code Bill, 2019 introduced by Gangwar in the Lok Sabha in Dec 2019 proposes universalisation of social security benefits to around 50 crore workers. It is also expected to reduce employees’ provident fund (EPF) as well as monthly contribution by workers in select sectors.
Even then the I&B ministry had proposed changing the definition of cine workers in the existing Cine-workers and Cinema Theatre Workers (Regulation of Employment) Act, 1981, as well as in the Labour Code on Social Security and Welfare Bill, 2018, to include artists and technicians working in television and OTT platforms.
Currently, only film industry workers come under a 1991 legislation, provided they have work experience of at least five feature films with a fixed pay slab of Rs 1,600 per month.
The I&B ministry had also proposed renaming the Cine-workers and Cinema Theatre Workers (Regulation of Employment) Act as The Entertainment Artists (Regulation of Employment Act), 2019.
Javadekar has written to Gangwar seeking his intervention in modifying the definition of cine workers under para XXI under second schedule under Section 2 (24) of the Bill. If Javadekar’s suggestions are included and approved, thousands of workers engaged in the entertainment industry will get social security benefits in a phased manner, including health, old-age, retirement and maternity benefits.