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AGRICULTURE LAW

SYNOPSIS ON

LAW RELATING TO AGRICULTURE LABOURS

Submitted to:

Asst. Professor

Dr. Sushma Sharma

Submitted by:

Abhishek singh kulesh

2013BALLB, 128
INTRODUCTION
Labour is on the concurrent list in the Indian Constitution, and regulatory
provisions of the conditions of work, therefore, appear within the domain of both the State
and the Central Governments. The Centre has passed a number of laws, but here too, the
coverage of these laws as well as the rules regarding their implementation can be framed
by the State Governments. The agricultural workers are covered in a piece meal fashion in
various legislations and lack comprehensive protection of the minimum conditions of work.

REVIEW OF LITERATURE:
Laws covering Agricultural Labour:

In addition, the Government of India has passed and modified labour laws from time to
time which recognize the rights, inter alia, of agricultural workers to protect and promote their
social and economic interests. A critical evaluation of the existing laws in the light of relevant ILO
Conventions and Recommendations would be in order here.

1. The Societies Registration Act, 1860:


2. Agricultural Labour and the Trade Unions Act, 1926:
3. The Workmen’s Compensation Act, 1923 and Agricultural Labour:
4. Minimum Wages Act, 1948: Its applicability to Agricultural Labour:
5. The Plantations Labour Act, 1951 Vis-à-vis Agricultural Labour:
6. The Employees’ Provident Funds and Miscellaneous Provision Act, 1952 and Agricultural
Labour:
7. Agricultural Labour and the Maternity Benefit Act, 1961:
8. Relevance of Insecticides Act, 1968 to Agricultural Labour:
9. Impact of Equal Remuneration Act, 1976 on Agricultural Labour:
10. Bonded Labour System (Abolition) Act, 1976 and its effect on Agricultural Labour:
11. Dangerous Machines (Regulations) Act, 1983 Vis-à-vis Agricultural Labour:
12. Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, 2005 [MGNREGA]:
13. Protection of Child Worker in Agriculture via Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act,
1986:
14. Initiatives taken at State level for enacting laws covering agricultural labour.

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES

The aim of the project is to present an overview of various aspects of the laws and schemes
governing agricultural labour and need for special legislation.
SCOPE

Though the law relating to agriculture is an immense research, so to maximize the scope of
the topic it will also be dealing with need for special legislation for labours.

SOURCES OF DATA:
The following sources of data have been primarily used in the project-
1. Books (INTERNET SOURCE)
2. Journals

METHOD OF WRITING:
The method of writing followed in the course of this research paper is primarily analytical.

MODE OF CITATION:
The researcher has followed the bluebook method of citation (19th ed.) throughout the
course of this research paper.

STATEMENT OF PROBLEM:
Do we need special legislation for agricultural labour?

HYPOTHESIS:
The demand for a special legislation for agricultural workers is not new. The proposal for
enacting a comprehensive legislation for agricultural labour has been under consideration
of the Ministry of Labour since 1975, Regulation of Conditions of Work; Social Security
Benefits; National Social Security and Welfare Board; National Social Security Fund; State
Social Security and Welfare Boards; State Social Security Fund etc.