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Shri Bandaru Dattatreya attends the BRICS Labour & Employment Ministers’ Meet in China on 26-27 July, 2017

Shri Bandaru Dattatreya attends the BRICS Labour& Employment Ministers’ Meet in China on 26-27 July, 2017

Indian delegation led by Shri Bandaru Duttatreya, Ministerof State (Independent Charge) for Labour & Employment participated in theBRICS Labour & Employment Ministers’ Meet, held on 26-27th,July, 2017 at Chonqging, China. The delegation included M Sathiyavathy, Secretary (Labour and Employment), Manish Gupta, Joint Secretary, Anuja Bapat, Directorand Prof Sasikumar, Sr. Fellow, VVGNLI.

The meeting concluded with the adoption of the BRICS Labour and Employment Ministerial Declaration. TheDeclaration covered a variety of areas that are of critical importance to all BRICS countries including India and called upon strengthening collaboration andcooperation on these through appropriate institutionalization. These areas consisted of : “Governance in the Future of Work”,“Skills for development in BRICS”, “Universal and sustainable social security systems”, “BRICS Network of Labour Research Institutions”, “BRICS Social Security Cooperation Framework” and “BRICS entrepreneurship research”.

On this occasion, India’s Labour Minister said that the BRICS countries should collaborate to address the challenges of the‘Future of Work’ emerging in the area of non-standard forms of employment likepart-time work, temporary work, fixed term contracting and subcontracting, home based work, etc. that are changing the character of the labour markets in the BRICS countries.  Networking of labour institutes of BRICS nations could create mechanisms for regular exchange ofinformation and creating further areas of cooperation in this and other common areas. 

He added that technology could be a critical enabler for creating efficient and transparent labour governance structure and that in India ICT has been deployed to ensure effective, timely and efficient delivery of services and for creating simplerand transparent compliance structure in all areas including financial inclusion, social security, employment generation and skilling.

The Minister emphasized that skilling not only increases the employability of the workers but also the productivity of the employers which leads to a cycle of increased production, increased revenue stream and increased GDP of the country.

India complimented the Chinese Presidency for taking forward the commitments made collectively by BRICS during the previous presidencies in a veryarticulate manner.  Indiasupported the proposed institutionalization of Social Security Cooperation Framework forBRICS as it will help us understand strategies being followed by fellow BRICS countries towards universalizationof social security especially in respect of on standard forms of works.