New Delhi: Regional Conference of State Labour Ministers and Principal Secretaries/Secretaries, Department of Labour of Southern States of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Telngana, Lashadweep and Puducherry was held in Chennai yesterday. Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Labour & Employment, Government of India, Mr Bandaru Dattatreyaji elaborated the initiatives and reforms taken up by his government, especially the technology based initiatives such as Shram Suvidha Portal, NCS and UAN. He expressed his happiness that the Southern States were willing and ready to join these initiatives.
The Minister said Indian Labour market is becoming more vibrant and sought after Globally following the Digital India and skill India initiatives. Mr Dattatreya highlighted the recent initiatives/Schemes by Government such as PMRPY, the Ordinance for payment of wages, initiatives by MoLE in collaboration with states and banks on financial inclusion of workers.
The meeting also held discussions on labour law reforms and industrial relations and social security brought out specific area where States can collaborate with Central machinery for better results.
Mr Dattatreya in his concluding remarks, mentioned that co-operative federalism is a key vehicle to achieve rapid development in India. Strong states are the foundation of a strong India. He congratulated states for their welfare measures and assured of every cooperation by the central government.