Gangwar reiterates India’s commitment to counter the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic; addresses the 109th ILC session | Odisha News | Latest Odisha News
New Delhi: Union Minister of State (i / c) for Labor and Employment Shri Santosh Gangwar reiterated India’s commitment to make all possible efforts to counter the impact of pandemic and come out stronger. Addressing the virtual meeting of labor ministers of the Non-Aligned Movement at the 109th ILC session last night, Shri Gangwar said the world has witnessed loss of life and livelihood, slowing economies, negative impacts on entire sections of society and above all, the weaker are more dangerous. He said there is a need to ensure better support for health systems, social protection and job creation. Governments are required to face the pandemic and provide an effective response at the political level, to balance business continuity, income security and, most importantly, the well-being of all, he added.
The minister informed that India has undertaken a massive vaccination campaign and a total of 223 million vaccines have been administered so far. He said there have been extraordinary changes in life and livelihood and a new approach should be developed for the style of work. Using digital platforms posed challenges but also provided more opportunities. He added that India has also established a legal framework for the social security of Gig and Platform workers.
Shri Gangwar said that with employment being an important aspect, India is making key efforts through various plans and programs to provide jobs and support on the health and financial fronts as well. India has launched the Aatmnirbhar Bharat Autonomy Package worth Rs. 27 trillion to strengthen the economy, which also includes the payment of EPF contributions up to 24% of wages by the government, in this which concerns eligible new employees. In addition, unsecured loans worth Rs. Nine trillion have been disbursed under MUDRA Yojana over the past three years, with around 70% female accounts.
The minister added that the increase in daily wages, as part of the Mahatma Gandhi NAREGA program for rural India, has resulted in the creation of jobs of 3.9 billion man-days in the last financial year alone. .