India- Govt working on policy to improve working and living conditions of unorganised workforce: Labour Minister

Labour Minister

India- Govt working on a policy to improve working and living conditions of the unorganized workforce: Labour Minister

New Delhi, May 17 (KNN)Government was working on a policy to improve the working and living conditions of the 40 crore labour force in the unorganized sector, said Minister of State for Labour and Employment (Independent Charge), Santosh Kumar Gangwar.
He said the policy which will incorporate the suggestions of state labour ministers will emphasize on the health and social security of workers to optimize their contribution to the national economy.
Addressing the 84th Annual General Meeting of the All India Organisation of Employers (AIOE), an affiliate of FICCI, Gangwar said that harmonious industrial relations and social security for workers were the cornerstones for sustainable economic growth.
In their context, the Minister said that the Code on Wages was being deliberated upon by the Standing Committee of Parliament and is expected to submit its report soon.
Dagmar Walter, Director, ILO DWT for South Asia and Country Office for India, laid emphasis on prior-learning and a clear focus on cognitive and problem-solving skills.
Gaurav Swarup, President, AIOE, pointed out that reforms in the Industrial Disputes Act, 1947, need immediate attention. This can be done through bringing in an industrial relations code, which does away with the need for prior permission of the government for rationalisation measures and introducing a provision for strike notice. Also, contract labour legislation, the most contentious issue today, needs a re-look.
He said that employment generation which should have been spurred by these changes is not gaining the desired momentum. This is demonstrated by the fact that only 2 million jobs were generated in 2017, as against more than 11 million people joining the labour market.
Source: MENAFN

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