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April 25, 2018

Government moving in right direction for skill development, job generation : Labor and Employment Minister


New Delhi : The government and Labour and Employment Ministry are moving in right direction on the path to skill development and employment generation, Union Labour and Employment Minister Santosh Kumar Gangwar said.

“Our Country has highest youth population in the world and every youth want jobs. Coming generations will not forgive us if urgent steps are not taken in the direction of employment generation,” Mr Gangwar said while addressing experts in a brain storming session on employment generation strategies organized by VV Giri National Labour Institute (VVGNLI) in Noida on Wednesday.

Hailing demonetization, the Minister said the historic decision had also yielded good results during the last one year, a statement said.

Mr Gangwar said beneficiaries of EPFO and ESIC have increased to one crore in the last one year.

Labour and Employment Secretary M Sathiyavathy said that 10 million youngsters were added every year in the race to search a job. Unfortunately, many youngsters lacked skill to get a job in the market.

The government was constantly trying to fill up this gap. About 1.17 crore youth have been trained in various skills in recent past and 920 job fairs were organized to get them placed in industries and institutions.

Referring to the important legislation of 26 weeks of maternity leave to pregnant lady workers, she said that many employers were not willing to give this paid leave of 26 weeks. Experts should suggest remedies regarding this also, she added.

Director General, VVGNLI, Dr H Srinivas welcomed experts from ILO, NITI Ayog, University of Delhi, Institute of Human Development, Ministry of Agriculture and WCD and other institutions and expressed hope that some fruitful, practical suggestions would come from the exercise and could be handed over to the Ministry for further consideration and implementation.

On the occasion Mr Gangwar also released four publications published by VVGNLI and inaugurated the renovated seminar block of the institute.

Note: News shared for public awareness with reference from the information provided at online news portals.

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