Bengaluru, May 22: The Karnataka government on Friday, May 22, extended the working time in factories up to 10 hours daily and 60 hours in a week to ensure that productivity is not affected due to lesser workforce in view of novel coronavirus pandemic. This development comes at a time when India is under the fourth phase of COVID-19 lockdown, which was imposed on March 25. 12-Hour Working Shifts in India Soon? Centre May Bring Ordinance Allowing States to Raise Working Hours Post Coronavirus Lockdown.
The state government said that "all the factories registered under Factories Act, 1948 shall be exempted from the provisions of Section 51 (weekly hours) and section 54 (daily hours) and with effect from May 22, 2020, to August 21, 2020", Livemint reported.
Karnataka Government Extends Working Hours:
Karnataka government allows factories to extend working hours up to 10 hours a day & 60 hours a week. Exempts all registered factories from sec 51 & 54 of Factories Act till 21 August, 2020. #labourlaws@XpressBengaluru @NewIndianXpress @santwana99 pic.twitter.com/InstPEFHc8
— Anusha Ravi Sood (@anusharavi10) May 22, 2020
Karnataka government exempts factories from provisions of weekly hours and daily hours. With this, daily work hours can be increased to 10 and weekly work hours to 60. Effective immediately until August 21, 2020.@CNNnews18 pic.twitter.com/6jRUiw3rdw
— Revathi Rajeevan (@RevathiRajeevan) May 22, 2020
Karnataka government increases working hours from 8 hour per day to 10 hours per day, under the factories act. pic.twitter.com/GuH5kh7w3T
— Arun Dev (@ArunDev1) May 22, 2020
"No adult worker shall be allowed or required to work in a factor for more than ten (10) hours in any day and sixty hours in any week. Provisions of Section 59 regarding overtime wages shall continue to be applicable without any change," the order added.
As of Friday morning update by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the total COVID-19 cases in Karnataka has reached 1,605. The infection has so far claimed 41 lives, while 571 individuals have been cured or recovered.