Bill for unorganised sector in Monsoon session
This was disclosed by Minister of State for Labour Chandra Shekhar Sahu during the inauguration of the new office of Labour Commissioner in Kanpur.india Updated: Jun 17, 2006 19:56 IST
The Centre will introduce a bill in the monsoon session of Parliament, which envisions pension and health schemes for labourers in the unorganised sector.
This was disclosed by Minister of State for Labour Chandra Shekhar Sahu during the inauguration of the new office of Labour Commissioner in Kanpur on Saturday.
Sahu said the 'Social Security Bill' has provisions for pension and health schemes for all the 47 crore labourers in the unorganised sector, who constitute 93 per cent of the total labourers in the country.
He said the Arjun Sen Gupta committee, which studied the plight of the labourers in unorganised sector, has already submitted its report to the Prime Minister and his ministry was studying the report.
The Minister also commended the progress made by Tamil Nadu in containing the child labour menace but expressed concern at the prevailing situation in Uttar Pradesh.
"The situation is very serious in Uttar Pradesh meanwhile Tamil Nadu government has done good progress in this regard," he said.
Noting that there was no shortage of funds for eliminating child labour, he said the allocation for the same have been increased from Rs 250 crore to Rs 700 crore.
He said the Labour Department would also bring all ESI hospitals under one umbrella organisation within a year.
Union Minister of State for Home Sriprakash Jaiswal said the contributions of labourers in the unorganised sector in achieving a national growth to 8.5 per cent cannot be ignored.