States important partners in implementing labour welfare measures, Union minister says.
Bandaru Dattatreya, minister of state (independent charge) for labour and employment said on Monday, state governments are “important partners in the implementation of the labour welfare measures.” Dattatreya was speaking at the regional labour ministers’ conference for north central region at Lucknow on today.
Saying that the ministry of labour and employment is mandated to safeguard the interest of working class while promoting a conducive working environment for inclusive growth and industrial harmony, the minister said the NDA government believed in cooperative federalism. He said, “States play a pivotal role in the area of extending social security, ensuring fair wages, skilling our work force and promoting Industrial Safety and Health. The Agenda of the Regional Labour Ministers Meeting is very timely and relevant in the Contemporary economic scenario.”
On Monday, Dattatreya said that with India home to more than 65% are youth in India, the creation of jobs and skill upgradation was now a primary concern. With initiatives like Make in India, Skill India, Digital India, Smart Cities Project, however, the Centre hoped to create millions of jobs, he said. The minister also told his audiences that public employment services are being transformed and strengthened through information technology.
The Government is committed to inclusive growth. Unorganized workers and vulnerable workforce are thepriorities. The government is working on the “Universal Social Security Coverage to all”. Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana(PMJDY), Atal Pension Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Jivan Jyoti Bima Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Yojana are some of the unique initiatives especially aimed to cover vulnerable workers. Unorganized Workers Card will be a platform to link all social security schemes for unorganized workers, he added.
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