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Govt of Goa promulgates Ordinances amending Contract Labour and Industrial Disputes Act.   Jul 07, 2020

The Government of Goa has promulgated the following two ordinances amending the provisions of the Contract Labour (Regulation & Abolition) Act, 1970 and the Industrial Disputes Act, 1947.

1.  Notification 8/1/2020-LA The Contract Labour (Regulation and Abolition) (Goa Amendment) Ordinance, 2020 (Ordinance No. 7 of 2020)

a. Amendment of section 1.— In section 1 of the Contract Labour

(Regulation and Abolition) Act, 1970 (Central Act 37 of 1970), as in force in the State of Goa (hereinafter  referred to as the “principal Act”), in sub-section (4), for the word “twenty”, whereve  it occurs, the word “fifty” shall be substituted.

b.  Insertion of new section 25A.— After section 25 of the principal Act, the following section shall be inserted, namely:— “25A.

Compounding of offences.— (1) Any offence punishable under sub-sections (1) and (2) of section 22 and section 24 may, either before or after the institution of the   prosecution, on an application by the alleged offender, be compounded by such officer or authority as the State Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, specify in this behalf for the amount as specified.

2. Notification 8/3/2020-LA The Industrial Disputes (Goa Amendment) Ordinance, 2020 (Ordinance No. 8 of 2020) 

a. Amendment of section 2A.— In section 2A of the Industrial Disputes Act, 1947 (Central Act 14 of 1947), as in force in the State of Goa (hereinafter referred to as the “principal   Act”),—

(i) in sub-section (3), for the words “three years”, the words “one year” shall be substituted;

(ii) after sub-section (3), the following sub-section shall be inserted, namely:- “(4) Notwithstanding anything contained in sub-sections (1), (2) and (3), no such dispute or difference between that workman and his employer connected with, or arising out of, such discharge, dismissal, retrenchment or termination shall be deemed to be an industrial dispute if such dispute is not raised before conciliation officer within a period of one year from the date of such discharge, dismissal, retrenchment or termination: Provided that an authority as may be specified by the State Government may condone the delay beyond such period of one year if the applicant workman satisfies the authority that he had sufficient cause for not raising the dispute within the period of one year.”.

Copy of the Ordinance is attached. and can be viewed on


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