New Delhi: Extending employment guarantee
from 100 to 200 days, introducing similar scheme in urban
areas and removing ban on recruitment in public sector were
among a host of recommendations made by the Indian Labour
Conference here on Wednesday.
The conference, however, saw some differences on the
issue of contract labour with some states demanding
regularising contract labourers and employers group objecting
The 43rd edition of the conference deliberated on
three key issues -- employment generation and skill
development, the global financial crisis and its impact on job
losses and the problems of contract labour.
Sources said barring issues related to contract
labour, the conference -- a tripartite body comprising
representatives from workers, employers and government --
unanimously adopted the recommendations on the concluding day.
Among the recommendations were strict implementation
of labour laws in case of lay-offs, retrenchment, job losses,
closure etc and devising a broad-based social security
and unemployment insurance programme.
Labour and Employment Minister Mallikarjun Kharge said
the recommendations adopted would be studied and analysed in
detail by his Ministry and discussed at various levels before
a Cabinet note is prepared.
Extension of public distribution system to unorganised
sector workers and a comprehensive package for workers who
lost jobs due to recession were also adopted.
One of the committees which went into the issue of
employment generation and skill development as part of the
deliberation process in the conference said "the provisions to
increase work days from 100 to 200 under MGNREGA will provide
more sustainability to employment being generated under the
programme in rural areas".
On contract labour, the conference unanimously
recommended that the existing provisions of the Contract
Labour (Regulation and Abolition) Act, 1970 are implemented in
letter and spirit.
The workers group as well as the trade unions, who
have been vocal on the issue of exploitation of contract
labour, suggested that in the event of the abolition of
contract labour under section 10 (2) of the Act, the workers
should be regularised.
"This was agreed to by the state governments but was
disagreed by the employers group," sources said.