The Punjab government is considering a ban on industrial design work that employs people from India.
Industrial design services that involve the use of human beings in a way that could be considered “socially unacceptable” will be prohibited, a state ministry spokesperson said in a statement.
The proposed rule would apply to all design and installation work carried out by the Punjab government between April 1 and August 31.
The ministry also asked for suggestions on how to improve the services offered by the services.
In the statement, the Punjab Ministry of Industrial Development said that it had recently issued a notice to all industrial design firms to cease their work with foreign workers and not use foreign workers for design work, and that any work done on the basis of this notice would be considered illegal.
It added that the Punjab Government had informed the Ministry of State for Labour (MIL) of the measures that it was taking against the services by the industrial design companies, and also informed the Centre on its measures to tackle illegal employment of persons from India in the state.
The Punjab government has also instructed its design companies to suspend their work in the area of design work and not work with any persons who are not authorized to work in this area.
The industrial design sector has been a hotbed of controversy for years.
In 2016, a report by the National Commission for Industrial Policy (NCIPP) said that nearly 60 percent of the country’s workforce was employed by private companies in the design, installation and procurement of equipment and machinery.
The government, however, maintains that the work performed by its industrial design industry is mostly done by people from abroad.
The design and engineering sector has also been a source of concern for the Indian government in the past.
In 2014, the Indian Supreme Court ordered a probe into alleged irregularities in the selection of design firms and said the process of selecting the best designs for projects was flawed.