- Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the 46th Indian Labour Conference and launching of ESIC 2.0, the second generation health reform agenda for the numerous employees nationwide.
- The PM’s speech stood out for the way in which it has altered the discourse around Labour Reforms on Aspirations, Opportunities Skills, Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
On Dignity of labour
- Over the years the dignity of labour has been lost.
- Government and citizens need to reinstate the society’s outlook towards labours, if want to progress.
- A new committee has been organised to oversee whether the laws are being implemented so that even the poor can get justice, based on these laws.
On Employees as a Family, Labour as Stakeholders
- Modi called for a deeper understanding between the employer and labourers, for any industry to prosper, rather than formulate innumerable laws to resolve long-standing issues.
On Entrepreneurship & Innovation
- Modi stressed on innovation, asking that industry and government should see if opportunities are provided for the same.
- Recognition of labourers who though ordinary, have brought about innovation, changing lives, needs to be made.
On skill development and apprenticeships
- Today the world needs skilled workforce and hence the Skilled India initiative to address this challenge, while providing opportunity to the youth.
- The government is providing apprenticeship for such individuals who due to poverty cannot obtain skill.
On empowering labourers making use of technology
- Over 4 crore labourers have benefited from the Universal Account Number which made the provident fund accounts portable, making use of digital networking platform, simplifying lives of numerous labourers.
On minimum pension
- The minimum pension amount for labourers have been raised to Rs. 1000, from paltry amounts of Rs. 80 or Rs. 100.
On ESIC and other initiatives
- Stating that the unorganised workforce makes up for 93% of the total, the new initiatives, focusing on providing social security, health security, life insurance and pension, have been undertaken for their benefit.
- For the uneducated labourers, social security issue has been addressed by the government in the form of key initiatives.