Recognising the employment potential in micro and small industries, setting up of an effective single window system to promote agro-based industries was recommended at 46th edition of Indian Labour Conference) .
Recognising the employment potential in micro and small industries, especially in rural areas, the 46th ILC (Indian Labour Conference) has recommended setting up of an effective single window system to promote agro-based industries with facilities like concessional finance.
A system for centralised marketing of products made by these industries can also be developed, it added. The conference also made a case for enhancing the outlays and threshold for public employment generation programme in both rural and urban areas.
ILC also suggested to the government to fill up vacant posts in central and state governments and their public sector undertakings in a time bound manner. Besides, it stressed on the need for publishing quarterly employment and unemployment data and capacity building of employment exchanges for their revised role under National Career Service (NCS) portal. The conference suggested enhancing and expanding areas for recognition of prior learning with effective assessment and utilise idle capacity in vocational and educational institutions and close or sick industry for demand responsive training.
It said that government should enhance the number and improve quality of assessors for vocational training and consider including IT faculty for assessments. ILC has asked the government to identify labour-intensive industries and new areas where jobs can be created like renewable energy and reusable resource and providing employment linked training. It has also suggested the government to evolve strategies for increasing female workforce participation in both public and private employment.
The ILC committee on social security had an in-principal agreement for coverage of all workers workers organised as well as unorganised under social security with support wage by government if required for providing decent living conditions. It said that there should be proper utilisation of funds collected through building construction cess and administrative expenses should not be as stipulated. It also demanded that Anganwadi/Asha/Mid-day meal workers should be given the status of employee and they should be extended converge under Employees State Insurance and Employees’ Provident Fund.
It has recommended that Employees State Insurance Corporation should cover all States/UTs and expand the coverage of its health insurance scheme to unorganised workers and self-employed. ILC also made a case for medical scheme for Employees’ Pension Scheme (EPS-95) pensioners from the surplus of Employees’ Deposit Linked Scheme run by the EPFO. It sought higher pension under EPS-95 and linking it to price index.
For construction workers, it asked for single contribution from employer.