Shri Bhupender Yadav interacts with Human Resource Heads of Industry from various sectors

In first of its kind, Shri Bhupender Yadav, Union Minister for Labour and Employment, interacted with Human Resource Heads of Industry representing various sectors, including from manufacturing, staffing agency, automobile, construction, hotel industries etc.

 The interaction was facilitated by Confederation of Indian Industries (CII).  Shri Sunil Barthwal, Secretary, Ministry of Labour & Employment, initiated dialogue and invited comments from participants on improving service delivery in Employees Provident Fund Organization and Employees State Insurance Corporation, Work from Home, better utilization of services of National Career Service Portal and for enhancing women participation in labour force besides others. 

Held an engaging interaction with top HR heads of industries across India.

Discussed a range of issues, including enhancing employability and future skillset of the workforce, increasing productivity, using labour intensive technologies and increasing women’s participation.

— Bhupender Yadav (@byadavbjp) January 12, 2022

Shri Chandrajeet Banerjee, Director General, CII moderated the interaction with HR Heads of various organisations and welcomed this initiative of Ministry of Labour & Employment.  He informed that CII is fully aware of its responsibility of generating decent employment and appreciated steps taken by the Government in addressing the situation of Covid, and continuous support to the manufacturing sector. 

Representatives of various organisations appreciated formulation of four labour codes and requested for early roll-out.  Suggestions given by representatives of industry inter alia included introduction of guaranteed employment in urban areas, reorient education curriculum to align with the emerging technologies, use of apprenticeship for employment generation. 

Thanking all the participants for their valuable suggestions, Shri Bhupender Yadav assured them of full cooperation of the Ministry. 

“For promoting female labour force participation rate, not only there should be higher participation in women in workforce but women should be seen at positions of decision-making”, said the Union Minister.

  Shri Yadav also stated that in order to have collaborative approach involving employers and employees in the last meetings of Central Board of Trustees of EPFO and Corporation of ESI, he has constituted Committees for improving grievance redressal of 6.5 crore members of EPFO, strengthening technological interventions, capacity building, effective monitoring of ongoing projects and enhancing coverage under social security. 

Since ESIC caters to medical needs of workers, the Minister informed that it has also been decided to set up centers for study of occupational diseases, in both the Hospitals at Alwar and Bihta (Patna).  Scheme of free medical check-up for the insured persons in ESIC above the age of 40 years has been revamped and launched on pilot basis in five hospitals. He further mentioned that to monitor ongoing construction of hospital projects, a dashboard in ESIC has also been developed. 

Shri Yadav, mentioned that evidence-based policy making and last-mile delivery are pillars of good governance and effective and targeted delivery of services.  For this purpose, this Ministry has launched new surveys for migrant and domestic workers.  Further, with the objective to create a comprehensive database in both for informal and formal sectors, besides an All India Quarterly Establishments based Employment Survey (AIQEES) for organized sector, an area based area-frame establishment survey has also been decided for establishments having 9 or less workers. 

Results of the two quarterly establishment based employment surveys have been released.  The report of second QES for the period, July to September 2021, highlights that the estimated total employment in 9 selected sectors is 3.10 crore which is higher by 2 lakh permanent jobs than that from period, April to June, 2021.  The overall percentage of female workers has also registered increase and stands at 32.1% which is higher than first round of QES. 

The Union Minister also mentioned about the success of e-Shram portal which allows self-registration of workers and maps their occupations in about 400 categories.  At present, the capacity of e-shram portal stands at registration of 45 lakh unorganised sector workers per day which has increased from about 10 lakh per day, at the time of its launch in August 2021.  Already more than 21 crore unorganised sector workers have been registered on e-shram portal.   All workers registering on e-shram portal gets free insurance of Rs. 2 lakh under Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana and each worker gets a downloadable identity card, for which expenditure is borne by Central Government. 

While concluding, the Minister said that such interaction would take place on regular basis with all stakeholders and sought cooperation of CEOs and HR Heads of the industry in policy making for the welfare of workers and for creation of decent employment.



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Shri Bhupender Yadav administers Green Pledge to the students and youth on the occasion of ‘Azaadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’

Connecting with the youth and students from various parts of the country virtually on the issue of elimination of Single Use Plastic, Shri Bhupender Yadav, Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change said that one of the most important Climate Actions that we can take individually is to bring in conscious changes to our lifestyles and stressed that there is no Planet B reminding all that that what we have is not a parental property rather a loan from our future generations.

— Bhupender Yadav (@byadavbjp) October 4, 2021

Shri Yadav emphasized that public participation is a must for success in our mission to manage plastic waste and reduce single use plastics and said that we all need to act as trustees of our environment.

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The Union Environment Minister administered the Green Pledge to the students and youth who had joined the virtual webinar from across the country, in the presence of Shri Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Minister of State, Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of India.

माननीय पर्यावरण मंत्री श्री @byadavbjp ने आज सिंगल-यूज प्लास्टिक के इस्तेमाल से बचने के लिए राष्ट्रीय जागरूकता कार्यक्रम के दौरान बच्चों, पर्यावरणविद् व मंत्रालय के अफसरों को ‘हरित शपथ’ दिलाई। #PlasticFreeWeek #AzadiKaAmritMahotsav

— MoEF&CC (@moefcc) October 4, 2021

Keeping in view the clarion call of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi to phase out single use plastics by 2022, “Awareness programmes to avoid the use of single use plastics” has been identified as one of themes for the Iconic Week celebrations of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC), Government of India under Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, from 4th to 10th October, 2021.

As a first amongst a series of events, under Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav,students, youth, eco-clubs and youth organizations, joined the interactive webinar and green pledge taking event for students and youths, on ‘Elimination of Single use Plastics’ from all across the country.

During the interactive webinar, a call for action was made to the student and youth of the country to develop a public movement around elimination of single use plastic. The power of students and youth to become change agents was highlighted and the various opportunities available for students and youth to organize themselves for action were showcased.

Behavioral change is one of the most important and effective tool to move towards avoiding the use of single use plastics, which have low utility and high littering potential and students and youth are the key change makers towards bringing about behavioural change in the society.

The webinar had students and youth from Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat and Maharashtra sharing their experiences on the actions they take took in their communities to reduce plastic waste and single use plastic. The Students and youths pledged to do their best to protect earth and its natural environment, minimize waste generation, practice reuse, avoid single-use plastic materials, use cloth bags instead of plastic bags, clean-up the environment, plant more trees, conserve energy and water.

As part of Iconic week celebrations on awareness programme for avoiding single use plastics, the states and union territories have been requested to take up awareness activities, targeting school students and youth, citizens and citizens groups, industry, market associations, involving urban local bodies and gram panchayats. The regional and subordinate offices/ institutions/bodies associated with the Ministry shall also undertake awareness generation activities on single use plastics to have pan India presence.

The Single use plastics have emerged as a serious environmental threat if it remains littered. The plastics get into water bodies and are carried to oceans and seas adversely impacting the health of marine ecosystems and environment. Wider participation of citizens is a vital element to address single use plastic product pollution.

The Ministry has adopted a strategy focusing on behavioural change, strengthening of institutional systems for collection, segregation and recycling of plastic waste and engaging with industry. Sustainable consumption and production is the need of the hour. Awareness generation is an important tool in avoiding the use of single use plastic and effective plastic waste management.

Students and youths through NCC, NSS, Youth Clubs and Eco-clubs may help build an environment towards avoiding the use of single use plastics and also may help in effective management of plastic waste.



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