Labour resources minister Janardan Singh 'Sigriwal' has urged the Centre to open 105 ITIs and 1810 skill development centres in Bihar so as to provide an impetus to technical education.
Addressing the 43rd conference of labour ministers of states at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi on Thursday, he said as a result of government's thrust on skills development of the maximum number of people, annually nearly 75,000 persons from the state were being employed in foreign countries.
Rattling off figures of positive initiatives to boost minimum wages, skills development, national child labour project (NCLP) scheme and improving relations between industry and labour, Sigriwal said 59 government and nearly 500 private ITIs have been opened in Bihar. "In the 12th five-year plan we intend to open one women's ITI in each district and one ITI each in uncovered administrative subdivisions", he added.
He said, on the recommendation of Bihar State Minimum Wage Advisory Committee, the government has fixed and revised the rate of all 88 employments as scheduled employments under Minimum Wages Act, 1948. "The minimum wages are determined or revised on the basis of average consumer price index of six months and added to variable dearness allowance", he added.
Referring to industrial relations, the minister suggested abolition of Payment of Gratuity Act as it limited payment of gratuity to only such persons completing five years of service.
"It is also necessary to calculate the amount of gratuity on the basis of one month for each completed year of service instead of 15 days, as prevalent", he advised.
Sigriwal said, the NCLP scheme was operating in Jamui, Nalanda, Patna, Banka, Gaya, Begusarai, Madhubani and Madhepura districts, where more than 25,000 child labourers have been enrolled for education in 520 schools.