Need to improve women’s participation in GDP, forthcoming implementation of labor codes, according to Labor Secretary


The Labor Secretary also said more states were preparing to notify and finalize the rules.

Labor Secretary Sunil Barthwal on Tuesday stressed the need to improve women’s participation and also ensured the forthcoming implementation of labor codes.

“Sunil Barthwal, Secretary (Labor and Employment), Ministry of Labor and Employment, Government of India today (Tuesday) pointed out that the government has tried to make the new labor codes as contemporary as possible and has tried to ‘ensure the contemporaneity of the world in which we live,’ said the industrial body FICCI in a press release.

The government has taken various measures to improve the participation of women in the labor market, he said.

He was addressing the virtual “IAEA (All India Employers’ Organization) 87th Annual General Meeting” on the topic “Impact of new labor codes on sustainable and equitable growth”.

Barthwal also said: “Unless the participation of women improves, the contribution to the GDP (gross domestic product) of female workers will not be to the extent that we want this economy to grow. We’ve looked at labor codes from a variety of perspectives, including employers, workers, women, and youth, and it’s a good amalgamation of different points of view. He added that when “we look at the future of work then we will have to look at different employment models and how we can do justice to all models.”

Barthwal said the government is suing with the states because this law is the competing list of the constitution and rules need to be formed at both the central and state levels.

“We at the central government level have prepublished the rules and are ready and as soon as the majority of the state government draws up its rules we will be ready to implement the code,” he added.

The Labor Secretary also said more states were preparing to notify and finalize the rules.

“We have to be quick because everyone is impatiently waiting for these rules to emerge,” he said.

Speaking on the new codes, Barthwal said the two guiding principles on which the rules were designed include ease of life for workers and ease of doing business for employers.

A big inclusion, he pointed out, in the labor code was the inclusion of concert and platform workers.

“India is among the top three platform economies,” he added.

Barthwal further said the changes were important and that the government wanted the entire labor code to be inclusive.

Stressing the importance of social security funding, which was available to unionized workers, Barthwal said the government is now extending it to non-union workers as well.

“On the e-Shram portal, we will register around 380 million and almost 150 million workers have already registered on the portal. We have also created a fund that will come out of the accumulation of offenses that will tackle the problems of non-union workers, ”he noted.

Dagmar Walter, ILO Director, DWT for South Asia and India Country Office, said the International Labor Organization (ILO) has adopted a four-pillar policy to tackle the impact of COVID-19 for its members.

“These socio-economic impacts of the crisis include stimulating the economy and jobs, supporting jobs and business income, protecting workers in the workplace and using social dialogue to find solutions. solutions.

“The future will depend on collaborations and social dialogues, and this will pave the way for better results,” she added.

All India Employers’ Organization president Shishir Jaipuria said the government’s proactive measures had built trust and transparency and simplified complex and outdated laws that were hurting growth.

“We will actively engage with states to develop rules that are transparent, simple and in the mutual interest of employers and employees,” he added.

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