“The Minister of State(Independent Charge) for Labour & Employment Shri Bandaru Dattaraya greets the workers on the occasion of International Labour Day.
“WITHOUT LABOUR NOTHING PROSPERS”
“Greetings and best wishes to all of my worker folks on this Labour Day. The mantra of “Shramev Jayate” guides us in our endeavors towards creating an equitable labour market to provide best opportunities to every worker in the country.
“On this occasion, I would share few Key initiatives and achievements in the last one year in the Ministry of Labour & Employment, aimed at providing quality employment to our workforce with appropriate Social Security to safe guard their and uplift from the present level of poverty and vulnerability.
“Amidst the ongoing global slowdown, India is the fastest growing nation. We are also endowed with the largest young workforce. Employment Creation is therefore central to our growth and development strategy. My Ministry is committed to Employment Generation by facilitating ease of doing business including that for startups and MSMEs. Ensuring job security, wage security and social security for workers is our topmost priority. We are working for bringing transparency and accountability in enforcement of Labour Laws. The Ministry is working to simplfy, consolidate and rationalize the provisions of the 43 labour laws in 4 Labour Codes viz. Labour Code on Wages; Industrial Relations; Social Security & Welfare and Safety & Working Conditions. Also the Shram Suvidha Portal launched by Hon’ble Prime Minister in 2014 is gearing for a greater momentum in common Electronic Challan cum Return (ECR) facility for EPFO and ESIC; common Registration under 5 Central Labour Acts by integrating with DIPP’s E-Biz Portal; filing of Single Online Return for 8 Labour Acts and facility of return submission under Mines Act for DGMS. We are confident that ease in compliance will translate into more and better compliance.
“Under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister, Shri Narendra , our Government is committed to provide social security cover to Ministry of Labour and Employment has taken determined steps to expand the coverage of social security for organized worker and extend the same to hitherto uncovered unorganized workers. Comprehensive Governance reforms based on extensive use of informal technology have been undertaken in EPFO to provide 24×7 online delivery of services. EPFO around 1 lakh establishments have registered in OLRE Portal. EPFO has allotted around 6.57 crore UAN to its members and around 2.49 crore of these members have activated using their Mobile number and have been benefitting from various related services. EPFO moved from e-governance to m-governance and launched a mobile application. So far over 8.77 lakhs members have downloaded the Mobile App. The exempted establishments are a big part of the EPFO compliance system and managing huge funds to the tune of approximately 3 lacs crores. “Hon’ble Prime Minister while launching UAN in October, 2014 had assured to help the members to get back their money lying in “inoperative accounts” so that the hard earned savings of the poor workers reaches them back. EPFO created an online help desk to assist EPF members and so far over 65 thousand cases have been provided help by this helpdesk. Social Security facility is extended to International Workers through online fillable form seeking certificate of coverage (COC).
“Providing a minimum pension of Rs. 1000/- per month is an effort to provide meaningful subsistence to pensioners who have served in the organized sector. The present proposal is likely to benefit approximately 20 lakh pensioners under EPS, 1995.
“The major break-through in ESIC is the 2nd Generation Health Reforms Agenda (ESIC 2.0), aimed at providing better health services, launched by Hon’ble Prime Minister of India on 20.07.2015, includes Online availability of Electronic Health Record of ESI Beneficiaries (Insured Persons and their family members), ensuring the change of bedsheet according to VIBGYOR pattern during the week i.e. to be changed every day (Abhiyan Indradhanush), Medical Helpline No. 1800 11 3839 for emergency and seeking guidance from casualty/emergency of ESIC Hospitals and Special OPD for Sr. Citizens and differently-abled persons in ESIC hospitals. Further ESIC has extended the social security benefits of ESI Scheme in Mizoram w.e.f. 1.12.2015 and in Port Blair w.e.f. 01.01.2016, and will be extended to the other remaining North East States., ESI Scheme is being implemented in industrial/commercial clusters within districts. We are opening Health Scheme for selected group of unorganized workers like rickshaw pullers/auto rickshaw drivers in selected urban/metropolitan areas, on pilot basis. Construction site Workers in the implemented area, has been covered to avail benefits under the ESI Scheme w.e.f. 1stAugust, 2015.
“My Ministry is also implementing National Career Service (NCS) Project for transforming and strengthening the public employment services in the country with an aim to bring job seekers, employers and training providers on a common platform with efficient use of information technology. The NCS Portal provides a platform for partnering of institutions and organisations for delivery of career and employment related services so that more and more employment opportunities are made available to our youth and workforce. Central Ministries, State Governments and industry organisations have also been involved in making the NCS Portal (www.ncs.gov.in) a vibrant platform. The NCS makes available a rich repository of career content on over 3000 occupations across 52 sectors. A dedicated helpdesk (multi-lingual) is available from Tuesday to Sunday on 1800-425-1514 for assisting users. Around 3.6 crore job seekers are registered on the NCS Portal and over 9 lakh establishments registered with EPFO/ESIC are also on the NCS Portal. My Government will be e-linking the employment exchanges and facilitate job fairs at the district level to enhance the availability and accessibility of employment opportunities to the teeming youth. We call on the industry to make use of this dynamic platform in sourcing their need for skilled human resources by posting their jobs – free of charge.
“The Government is also operationalising 100 Model Career Centres in collaboration with States and Institutions for providing a host of employment and career related opportunities.
“A new Scheme “Pradhan Mantri Rojgar Protsahan Yojana” has been initiated by the Ministry of Labour and Employment in the year 2016-17 for incentivising industry for promoting employment generation with the allocation of Rs. 1000 crores. Under the scheme employers would be provided an incentive to enhance employment by reimbursing their 8.33% EPS contribution made to new employees who have worked for 240 days continuously during the year.
“The Payment of Bonus (Amendment) Act, 2015 envisages enhancement of eligibility limit from Rs.10,000/- per month to Rs.21,000/- per month and Calculation Ceiling from Rs. 3500 to Rs.7000. These changes in the Payment of Bonus Act, 1965 will benefit thousands of work force and in the 125th birth anniversary year of Bharat Ratna Dr. B.R. Ambedkar would be a befitting tribute to him, who always worked for the labour force from the core of his heart.
“As a founding member of ILO, India is committed to principle of tripartism . Ministry has put best effort to reach to a consensus on all issues and many tripartite meetings and discussions have been held before taking decisions on variety of issues. The Indian Labour Conference is the highest tripartite consultative body at national level. The 46th session of the Indian Labour Conference, on 20th-21stJuly,2015, which was inaugurated by the Hon’ble Prime Minister.
“As a founding member of ILO India is committed to principle of tripartism . Ministry has put best effort to reach to a consensus on all issues and many tripartite meetings and discussions have been held before taking decisions on variety of issues. The Indian Labour Conference is the highest tripartite consultative body at national level. The 46th session of the Indian Labour Conference, on 20th-21stJuly,2015, which was inaugurated by the Hon’ble Prime Minister.
“My Ministry is committed to the vision of inclusive growth. As we celebrate 125th Birth Anniversary of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar this year, we reiterate our commitment to his vision of labour welfare and empowerment and commit ourselves to make his vision a reality.
“God give me work, till my life shall end And life, till my work is done”.
I once again wish all on this International Labour Day.”