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Union Labour Ministry mulls steps to focus on job creation

Press Trust of India New Delhi | Updated on March 12, 2018 Published on February 13, 2011

Govt project blueprints to reflect job creation potential





Increasing penalty on employers failing to notify vacancies in exchanges and making it mandatory for government project blueprints to reflect job creation possibilities are two of the steps in the offing to lend greater focus on employment generation.

The Labour and Employment Ministry is planning to reach out to all departments asking them to incorporate possible job creations in the detailed project report (DPR) as a way forward in strengthening employment services.

“Any new project creates employment. What the government wants is that it gets reflected in the DPR so that the projects could also be prioritised accordingly,” said a senior Ministry official.

Strategic plan

The initiative forms a key component of the Ministry's strategic plan for the next five years which also calls for establishment of a National Employment Promotion Council chaired by the Prime Minister for strengthening employment services.

The official said the inclusion of possible job creation figures will also give a fillip to the skill development initiative of the government.

“It will also help the government earmark funds for the projects accordingly,” he added.

The development assumes significance in the light of the fact that the ‘Annual report to the people on employment' prepared by the Ministry has emphasised on achieving an employment growth rate of at least 2.5 per cent a year, compatible with the 9 per cent growth in the economy.

The strategic plan of the Ministry also includes setting up of committees to plug the gaps to strengthen employment services.

Expectations

It said key expectation of stakeholders in terms of placement, vocational guidance, registration, employment related information and existing gaps in employment services such as poor response time, obsolete guidance material and inaccurate employment related information will also be detailed.

The Ministry also proposes to amend the Employment Exchange Compulsory Notification of Vacancy Act to increase penalty on employers failing to notify vacancies in employment exchanges.

The proposed amendment could also see private sector firms employing 10-24 workers coming under the purview of the Act.

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Published on February 13, 2011
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