Relief package soon from textile and labour ministry

Relief package soon from textile and labour ministry
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First Published: Thu, Nov 22 2007. 03 13 PM IST
Updated: Thu, Nov 22 2007. 03 13 PM IST
New Delhi: The Government today expressed serious concern on falling employment ratio in the organized sector and promised supportive package measures for workers in textile sector who have been losing jobs on account of rupee appreciation.
Oscar Fernandes, minister of state for labour and employment, while speaking at a conference on Rs.Labour Reforms without Tears’ confirmed that the Union Labour Ministry would extend a relief package for textile workers, particularly in the northern and western region in consultation with the Textile Ministry. “The proposed package would be worked out in the next few weeks”, he said.
He expressed the government’s seriousness towards the fall in employment ratio in the organized sector which is roughly estimated at 7% and mentioned that collective efforts were being put to accelerate pace of employment generation, especially since 93% of employment is provided under various categories in the unorganized sector.
On the subject of contract labour, he said that wherever permanent jobs are there, it would be the responsibility of the government to eradicate employment through contract and wherever the nature of jobs was temporary, contract labour would be retained.
Minister Spreak
* In case of accidents, mishaps and tragedies at the place of job, it would become the sole responsibility of the government to extend a relief package and its responsibility would not lie with the contractor.
* Action would be taken against employers who in any way siphon or stall workers’ gratuity, bonus and other benefits
* Any initiation of reforms will be undertaken with due labour consultation
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First Published: Thu, Nov 22 2007. 03 13 PM IST