National Employment Policy by December, to help improve job opportunities

The Policy will be finalised after the results of the four employment surveys are obtained in October

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National Employment Policy (NEP), which is expected to be finalised by December, will show the way to improve employment opportunities in India, through various skill-development programmes, investments and policy interventions.

Ministry of Labour and Employment will put together the NEP without which it will be difficult to leverage the potential of various sectors of the country’s economy. This will also mean sectorwise updation of employment-related data, through surveys that are being planned by the Labour Bureau. The data gathered from these surveys, field work for which will start in about two months, will serve as significant inputs for designing the NEP by the end of the year.

The Policy is expected to help create more jobs in the country amidst the uncertainties induced by the pandemic.

The Labour Bureau will bring out the report of the ‘All India Quarterly Survey’ on Employment of Enterprises’, which is expected to throw up important and meaningful employment-related data for the organised as well as unorganised sectors.

A few weeks ago, the Government had announced that the four employment surveys on migrant workers, domestic workers, professionals and the transport sector will be launched in March 2021 and completed by October 2021. These surveys will assist the evidence-based policy making for workers, by obaining ‘authentic data’ on employment in the organised- and unorganised-sector enterprises.

With the new labour codes also up on public domain for feedback, things seem to be moving rapidly forward in the right direction as far as the employment scenario in the country is concerned.

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