Committed to strengthening labour laws: Manmohan

New Delhi: February 14, 2012 –  Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday said there was a need for a “critical” study of the existing regulatory framework to find out whether they were coming in the way of development and growth of employment and industry without really contributing to labour welfare.

“Though our government remains committed to protecting the interests of our workers, we must periodically take a critical look whether our regulatory framework has some parts which unnecessarily hamper the growth of employment, enterprise and industry without really contributing significantly to labour welfare,” he said.
Dr. Singh said the government was for the well-being of all workers and was looking at making such provisions which would see part-time work have the same characteristics as in full-time employment.
“If this requires legislative changes, we should be prepared to do so and begin working on a blueprint for making this a reality,” he said at the 44th Indian Labour Conference.
The Prime Minister felt state governments in recent years were showing far more flexibility in their approach to labour restructuring and rationalisation than in the past when view expressed was that Indian labour policies unduly protect interests of the employed labour and act against the expansion of employment.
Noting the government was “fully” committed to strengthening labour laws and ensuring their compliance, he said they were in the process of amending the Factories Act, 1948.
Stating that his ambition was to achieve a nine per cent growth rate, Dr. Singh said this can only be achieved when the employers’ and workers’ representatives join hands together.
“I would like to emphasise that our government stands committed to creating an economic management which will create new job opportunities. But job opportunities can come only if the economy is expanding and expanding fast enough,” the Prime Minister said.
He also batted for increased participation of the women in the labour force, observing that “women are one of the most under—utilised resources in our country.“
“Female labour force participation rates are extremely low in our country and have remained more or less constant over the past decades. In order to bring more women into the work force, it is necessary to understand the constraints that they face in balancing their family and work responsibilities,” he said.
Admitting that the present systems to ensure welfare and well-being of migrant workers were “weak”, he said the need of the hour was to strengthen the systems.
“We must all pool our knowledge, wisdom and experience to ensure that this, in fact, happens. In this context, perhaps the Aadhar numbers can become a significant device in ensuring portability of the rights of migrant labour,” he said.
Talking about the initiatives which have yielded positive development in the social sectors, he said India Human Development Report of 2011 stated the proportion of child workers between 6 to 14 year has fallen from 6.2 per cent in 1994 to 2 per cent in 2010.
He said the Right to Education Act “will further contribute towards eliminating the curse of child labour“.
The MNREGA scheme, he said, has helped in checking distress migration “substantially” from the villages and brought about an improvement in the wages of rural workers. (Hindu)
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Dr. Raj Baldev, Cosmo Theorist, Ph.D., D. Litt., D Sc. (H.C), Editor-in-Chief of International Reporter, Chairman Media International Ltd., Born on 15 January 1927 in Montgomery, now in Pakistan. Internationally known, man of letters with over dozen of books and thousands of articles to his credit on various subjects including theories on the Creation of the Universe, the Black Holes, Supernovas and other functions of the Universe, Nature and Life , which he described both ways, philosophically and scientifically. He further elaborated how the entire Cosmos were formed. He holds spiritual wisdom of predicting and curing powers of the human problems, so much so, he is popularly known as Destiny Repairer, hence people call him with respect as Swamy Ji. He got the privilege of leading various Parliamentary Delegations abroad on good will missions; he also got the privilege of being invited by differnt Heads of State on state visits. He is the Founder of God Believers (GBA) who place belief in “FAITH”, Universal Modern Religion. FAITH is not a religion but a human service, an encyclopedia of creating healthy balance between Science and God. The main purpose of this mission is to defend the Identity of God from Scientists on one hand and to help fight Global Environmental Abuses, to create awareness of high risks of Excessive Nuclear Stockpiles, global service to the Human Rights and Justice on the other. He is a very simple man, he commands special respect as a holy man with high spiritualism and people address him as His Holiness. He is equally dedicated to the cause of media and journalism where he has been serving the people through his writing for over 50 years; he has also served as Member of Press Council of India. His main aim is to serve the humanity and all kinds of life on the Earth, to serve the elders, women and children, the blind, crippled, lepers and the needy, he is committed to save the Mother Earth from the abuses caused by humans and the nature through the social mission of God Believers (GBA), which also serves the World Peace. In short, he is a global social reformer. Google