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New Delhi: Union minister of state (IC) for Labour and Employment Bandaru Dattatreya on Tuesday said India is striving for creation of sustainable and quality jobs for country’s huge working age population. He was addressing G- 20 Labour and Employment Ministerial Meeting in China.

Listing generating adequate job opportunities as  Government of India’s top priority,  the Minister said,” India recognizes that Employment Generation is the only sustainable policy response to poverty alleviation which is also the first goal of the 2030 Agenda. Employment generation preferably in formal sector with well-paid jobs and adequate social security ensures inclusiveness and lesser inequality in the labour market and leads to sustainable development goal of Decent Work and Economic growth.”

He said entrepreneurship has been recognized by India as the apt platform to boost innovation based and technology led businesses. A number of forward looking strategic amendments to the existing policy have been introduced to support Startups and MSMEs to make India a nation of job creators instead of job seekers. An Action Plan for Start Up India has been unveiled containing items spanning across areas such as “Simplification and handholding”, “Funding support an incentives” and “Industry-academia partnership and incubation”. Very recently ‘Fund of Funds’ has been set in line with Start Up Action Plan to provide financial support to start ups and create 1.8 million additional jobs, he said nd added to create jobs through start up India initiative in rural India, Deendayal Upadhyay Swaniyojan Yojana is under consideration.

Dattatreya said very recently Government of India has come up with ‘Model Shop and Establishment Act’ which will allow all shops and establishments including small retailers, hotels, malls, cinema and IT/ITES establishments to remain open round the clock. The Act allows night work by women conditional to adequate safety and other working arrangement provisions. ” We believe that this will create manifold job opportunities for skilled workforce youth and women,” he said. Pradhan Mantri Rozgar Protsahan Yojana launched by our government is one such step in a bid to create more formal sector jobs, the ministr added. Under this scheme the Government will share the burden of social security obligation of employers to motivate them to generate more jobs.


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