Nearly 1.5 lakh contract labour jobs were lost in Maharashtra from January 1, 2008, to January 31, 2009, due to the economic slowdown. While demand for contract labour dipped across industries, it was probably worst in the automobile sector, said Labour Minister Nawab Malik on Tuesday.
Last year, 2.8 lakh contract labourers were registered across various industries in Maharashtra. Layoffs in permanent jobs decreased from 7,000 in 2007 to 6,000 in the January 1-December 31, 2008, period. These include job losses due to industries failing and industrial disputes.
Faced with a slowdown, the Labour Department is looking at profiling those who were laid off. “We are thinking of setting up an employment availability index, in which we profile labourers on various parameters. We will then provide them with the necessary training to get jobs that are still available,” Malik said.
The 10 parameters for profiling labour will be based on universally-accepted norms cleared by at least 3,000 employers across the world.
Trying to create more jobs, the Labour Department is strengthening the Maharashtra Security Guard Board by recruiting 10,000 guards in the next two weeks. “If we just look at government agencies and other authorities, there would be a requirement for 50,000 guards,” Malik said.