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Modi renews labour reforms push as jobs regain focus before 2019 LS polls

the labor ministry's figures released March 12 show India added 136,000 workers across eight sectors between July to October 2017

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi (PTI: Photo)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has dropped one of the most contentious elements of his proposed labour reforms, paving the way for his long-awaited industrial relations legislation to be introduced to India’s parliament by April 6. Modi has been battling opposition’s attempt to paint him as a government that favors the business elite over the poor by moving to make it easier to hire and fire factory workers and buy farmers’ land. He’s also faced hostility from unions and his party allies since he first sought to reform labour laws after coming to power in ...