National Commission on Labour is an Indian statutory body to recommend the changes in the labour laws.


The first National Commission on Labour was set up on 24 December 1966 under the Chairmanship of Justice P.B. Gajendragadkar.[1] The Commission submitted its report in August , 1969 after detailed examination of all aspects of labour problems, both in the organised and unorganised sectors.[2][3] Setup by executive order.

The second National Commission on Labour (NCL) was set up on 15 October 1999[4] under the chairmanship of Ravindra Varma which submitted its report to the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on 29 June 2002.[5] The first National Commission on Labour recommended that works committee be set up in any unit which has a recognized union.

The second such comission was in favour of setting up wages boards for fixing wage rates for workers in any industry.


  1. ^ "Focus". 24 December 1966. Retrieved 25 July 2013.
  2. ^ "Proposal to allow contract labour in selected industries under study". The Hindu. 7 December 2003. Archived from the original on 28 March 2004. Retrieved 25 July 2013.
  3. ^ "National Commission on Labour – Recommendations". Retrieved 25 July 2013.
  4. ^ "REPORT OF THE NATIONAL COMMISSION ON LABOUR" (PDF). Retrieved 23 January 2019.
  5. ^ "Loaded against labour". Retrieved 23 January 2019.