After Mumbai-based textile firm, a Punjab-based collective of 41 small scale organizations including sole proprietorship and partnership-based firms have moved Supreme Court to set aside March 29 order of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) directing private establishments to pay full wages to workers during the period of COVID-19 lockdown.

The plea also challenges the constitutional validity of Section 10(2)(i) of the Disaster Management Act, 2005.

Punjab-based Ludhiana Hand Tools Association through Advocate on Record Rajeev M. Roy in a writ petition under Article 32 of the Indian constitution has stated that the March 29 MHA order under the Disaster Management Act, 2005 is violative of Articles 14, 19(1)(g), 265 and 300, of the Constitution and that it must be “struck down.”

The plea drawn and settled by Advocate Abhay Nevagi states that Section 25M of the Industrial Disputes Act provides for the right to layoff workmen due to natural calamity.