Lok Sabha passes Essential Defence Services Bill, 2021

It amends the Industrial Disputes Act, 1947 to include essential defence services under public utility services.

The Lok Sabha on Tuesday passed the Essential Defence Services Bill, 2021 amidst din without any discussion. The Bill seeks to replace the Ordinance promulgated in June this year.

The Bill allows the central government to prohibit strikes, lock-outs, and lay-offs in units engaged in essential defence services. It amends the Industrial Disputes Act, 1947 to include essential defence services under public utility services.

The House also passed the Tribunals Reforms Bill, 2021 without any discussion. The Bill seeks to dissolve certain existing appellate bodies and transfer their functions to other existing judicial bodies. The Bill replaces a similar Ordinance promulgated in April this year.

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman moved the bill for consideration and passage. Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury objected to the bill saying the legislation is an encroachment into the judiciary. RSP MP, N K Premachandran questioned the passage of the legislation without any discussion as this involves amendments in 25 existing Acts.

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