Following is the text of the
speech of Shri Bandaru Dattatreya, Minister of Labour and Employment,
Government of India
President of the 105th ILC, Director General ILO, Mr Guy Ryder,
dignitaries on the dais, ladies and gentlemen
1. The productive relationship between
India and ILO is as old as ILO. I take this opportunity to convey the
appreciation of Govt of India for this unique tripartite forum which has been
working towards its founding mission that social justice is essential to
universal and lasting peace.
2. We appreciate the way that ILO has
adopted itself to the emerging challenges and concerns in the world of work.
3. India is one of the fastest growing
nations of the world. We continue to maintain a high growth rate of 7.6% in
2015-16. We have one of the biggest domestic market and demand in our country.
We understand our responsibility in the global order and are committed to work
towards an equitable and inclusive society.
4. The Government of India under the able
guidance of Hon’ble Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi is following the approach
of ‘Reform to Transform’ through far-reaching structural
reforms. We are committed to job security, wage security and social security
for each and every one.
5. Employment Generation is the first
priority for Government of India. After going through a decade of jobless
growth we are working on a comprehensive strategy to bring employment to the
core of our development. Promoting industrial activity through Make in India,
enhancing employability through Skill India and encouraging innovation and
entrepreneurship through Start up India, are a few examples of transformative
initiative that my government has taken in last two years.
6. We have developed a National Career
Service Portal to facilitate the youth to get information of availability of
suitable jobs. 100 Model Career Centres are being established across the
country that will guide youth of India to the employment opportunity and
related career counseling. So far 35 million job seeking youth and 1 million
employers have registered on this platform.
7. Social security for all continues to be
the heart of our development goals and various initiatives by the Government at
large and Ministry of Labour and Employment in particular are underway. While
there has been a series of governance reforms in the delivery of service for
organized worker, we have taken some game changing decisions for unorganized
workers. We are working on extension of health care facilities that are
available to organized workers for a large segment of unorganized workforce
including voluntary workers, domestic and construction workers.
8. With a renewed commitment for
eradication of bonded labour, we have escalated our Rehabilitation of Bonded
Labour Scheme by increasing the quantum of financial assistance by 5 times from
Rs. 20 thousands to minimum Rs. 100,000. This financial assistance is greater
for the most deprived and marginalized and for women and minors and the money
would remain in the annuity account thus ensuring a monthly earning that will
flow to the beneficiary account for his/her comfortable living. Further,
the revised scheme aims to address new forms of bondage such as organised
begging rings, forced prostitution and child labour for which females, disabled
and the transgenders are mercilessly used by the powerful elements. We are also strengthening the National
Child Labour Protection (NCLP) project through appropriate coordination with
states and increased budgetary support.
financial inclusion program has enabled opening of over 200 million bank
accounts for unbanked persons. India is using AADHAAR, a unique personal
identification system, as a backbone for targeted delivery of financial
subsidies and benefits. A 100 million such AADHAAR cards have been provided
10. We look forward to the continued
partnership with ILO for promoting the objectives of decent work and
sustainable development goals. I wish ILO and its constituents a great success
in their present and future endeavors”.