India pledged to counter COVID impact: Santosh Gangwar
India is committed to making every effort to counter the impact of the pandemic and emerge stronger, said Labor Minister Santosh Gangwar.
Last night, he was addressing the virtual meeting of labor ministers of the Non-Aligned Movement within the framework of the 109th session of the International Labor Conference.
Gangwar noted that the world has witnessed loss of lives and livelihoods, slowing economies and a negative impact on all sections of society, especially the weakest.
He said there was 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 said India has embarked on a mass vaccination campaign and a total of 22.3 million vaccines have been administered so far. He said there had 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 established a legal framework for the social security of Gig and Platform workers.
A gig worker is someone who holds hourly or part-time jobs, while someone who works for an organization that provides specific services using an online platform directly to individuals or organizations is called a worker. platform.
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 Aatmanirbhar Bharat program worth 27 lakh crore rupees for self-sufficiency to strengthen the economy, which also includes the payment of EPF contributions up to 24% of wages by the government for new eligible employees.
In addition, unsecured loans worth Rs 9 lakh crore 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, under the Mahatma Gandhi NAREGA program for rural India, resulted in the creation of jobs of 390 crore-man-days in the last fiscal year alone.
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