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New Delhi : Union Minister of State for Labour & Employment Santosh Kumar Gangwar released a special stamp on Labour Bureau on the occasion of centenary year celebrations of the Labour Bureau at an event held here on December 30, 2020. Director General, Posts, Vineet Pandey, was also present on the occasion.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave a special message to Labour Bureau on this occasion. In his message, the Prime Minister while congratulating Bureau on release of special stamp in its centenary year, also highlighted that for the last hundred years, Bureau has been generating labour, price, and employment statistics with. The PM, in his message,also stated that in keeping with the spirit of the mantra of “Shramev Jayate”, the Government has taken continuous and integrated steps for labour welfarw.

The Prime Minister also opined that the three historic labour codes will not only protect the interests of hardworking workers but will also form the basis for increasing productivity to higher levels. The Prime Minister also stated in his message that availability of reliable statistics on labour and labourers are vital for effective policy making and planning for welfare of labour. He also expressed firm belief that Bureau will continue to upgrade its working by embracing latest technologies in the field of data collection, analysis and dissemination.

Gangwar while addressing the participants said that besides its mandate of generating various price and labour related statistics, the Bureau has also earned appreciation for successfully undertaking in record time all the surveys & studies entrusted to it by the Governments from time to time. When employment data used to be available in our country only once in five years, Bureau became the first ever Government organisation in the country to produce annual data on employment and unemployment through its annual All India Household Surveys on Employment Unemployment.

The Bureau also conducted first of its kind Quarterly Employment Surveys (QES) of enterprises which will be relaunched in a new format very soon. Bureau was also entrusted with the task of estimating employment generated under the Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana (PMMY) which it carried out in record time, Gangwar added.

“The Bureau has recently been entrusted with four All India surveys on migrant workers, domestic workers, employment generated by professionals and transport sector which will be launched by early March, 2021 and the results of these will be available by October, 2021,” Gangwar said while addressing senior officers and staff from Ministry and the labour Bureau.

Stating that the focus of the Ministry is on equal rights for organised and unorganized workers, he said, “Mehnat ko Samman, Adhikaar ek Saman’ represents the emphasis of our Government on equal rights for organised and unorganized sector workers. However, for any evidence based policy making for these workers ‘authentic data’ on employment in organised and unorganised sector enterprises is highly called for, the Minister said.. Minister also informed that Bureau will soon launch an ‘All India Quarterly Survey on Employment of Enterprises’ to address these data needs