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Ministry of Labour and Employment is going to amend Contract Labour (Regulation and Abolition) Central Rules, 1971 and Inter-State Migrant Workmen (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service) Central Rules, 1980 to introduce Unified Annual Return forms for Contractors and Principal Employers.


Ministry of Labour and Employment has introduced the Inter-State Migrant Workmen (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service) Central (Amendment) Rules, 2015 and the Contract Labour (Regulation & Abolition) Central (Amendment) Rules, 2017. This new amendments will be come into effective from the expiry of a period of thirty days from the date on which the copies of the Original Gazette in which this notification is published are made available to the public.

The Inter-State Migrant Workmen (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service) Central (Amendment) Rules, 2015 Draft Rules


(1) These rules may be called the Inter-State Migrant Workmen (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service) Central (Amendment) Rules, 2015.

(2) They shall come into force on the date of their final publication in the Official Gazette.

In the Inter-State Migrant Workmen (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service) Central Rules, 1980 hereinafter referred to as the principal rules, for rule 56, the following rule shall be substituted, namely:—

“56 Returns. – (1) Every contractor shall upload a Unified Annual Return, in the Form XXIII specified in these rules, on the web portal on the Ministry of Labour and Employment on or before the 1st day of February following the close of the year to which it relates.

(2) Every principal employer shall also file a Unified Annual Return on or before the 1st day of February following the end of the year to which it relates.

(3) The principal employer or contractor shall also file a Unified Annual Return to the concerned authorities manually on or before the 1st day of February following the end of the year to which it relates.

In case, if, the employer maintain registers or records or reports in electronic form, such registers or records or reports, shall also be taken into consideration by the inspector for the purpose of examination of any register or record required to be kept under the Inter-State Migrant Workmen (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service) Act, 1979 (30 of 1979) and the rules made thereunder and require the production thereof for inspection.”

In the principal rules, after Form XXII, the Form-XXIII- Unified Annual Return Form shall be inserted.

Click Here for Official Order and Form-XXIII- Unified Annual Return Form: Inter-State Migrant Workmen (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service) Central (Amendment) Rules, 2015

 The Contract Labour (Regulation & Abolition) Central (Amendment) Rules, 2017 Draft Rules

  1. Short title and commencement.—(1) these rules may be called the Contract Labour (Regulation & Abolition) Central (Amendment) Rules, 2017.

(2) They shall come into force on the date of their publication in the Official Gazette.

  1. In the Contract Labour (Regulation & Abolition) Central Rules, 1971 (hereinafter referred to as the principal rules), for rule 82, the following rule shall be substituted, namely:-

“82. (1) Every contractor shall upload a Unified Annual Return in the Form XXIV specified in these rules, on the web portal of the Ministry of Labour and Employment on or before the 1st day of February following the close of the year to which it relates.

(2) Every principal employer of a registered establishment shall upload a Unified Annual Return on or before the 1st day of February following the end of the year to which it relates.

(3) The principal employer or contractor shall also file a Unified Annual Return to the concerned authorities manually on or before the 1st day of February following the close of the year to which it relates.

(4) In case, if, the employer maintain registers or records or reports in electronic form, such registers or records or reports shall also be taken into consideration by the inspector for the purpose of examination of any register or record required to be kept under the Contract Labour (Regulation and Abolition) Act, 1970 (37 of 1970) and the rules made thereunder and require the production thereof for inspection.”

  1. In the principal rules, form XIV and form XV shall be omitted.
  2. In the principal rules, after Form XXIII, the Form-‘XXIV’ shall be inserted

Click Here for Official Order and Unified Annual Return Form: Contract Labour (Regulation & Abolition) Central (Amendment) Rules, 2017

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