Labour laws and policy reforms help workers in past 9 years: Bhupendra Yadav

Labour policy reforms in the past 9 years empowered workers with simplified laws, minimum wages, job security, social security, and health benefits


Bhupendra Yadav, union minister, labour and employment, addressed a press conference in New Delhi highlighting the achievements of the ministry over the past 9 years.

Yadav said that the country has witnessed a significant rise in employment opportunities, creating around 1.25 crore new jobs since 2014.

He emphasised that India has made significant progress in improving conditions for workers in both the unorganised and organised sectors.

Yadav explains how the ministry has simplified the labour laws by consolidating 29 labour laws into 4 simple labour codes that empower workers with minimum wages, job security, social security, and health security.

Several flagship schemes were also discussed including the e-shram portal, national career service (NCS), aatmanirbhar bharat rojgar yojana (ABRY), and pradhan mantri shram yogi mandhan scheme (PM-SYM), which gave great benefits to workers.

The e-Shram portal aims to establish a national database for unorganised workers, with over 28.93 crore registrations from various occupations.

The NCS, launched in 2015, provides digital platforms for job seekers, employers, and vacancy notifications. It has 3.20 crore registered jobseekers, 11.25 lakh active employers, and 6.42 lakh active vacancy notifications.

The ABRY, linked to EPFO, supports employment generation and self-reliance and has benefitted 1,52,278 organisations and 60.40 lakh individuals.

PM-SYM enrols 44.33 lakh unorganised sector workers, ensuring a minimum monthly pension of Rs. 3000 at age 60. 

The shram suvidha portal (SSP), launched in 2014, promotes transparency in labour laws. It simplifies compliance and reduces transaction costs. The SSP is integrated with the National Single Window System Portal (NSWS) of DPIIT, allowing investors to apply for licences and registrations under labour laws.

Yadav also highlighted various policy reforms such as decriminalisation under labour codes, extended maternity leave, welfare for SC/ST job seekers, and labour welfare schemes for workers in industries like beedi, cine, and non-coal mines.

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