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ILO ties up with MSME Ministry

Our Bureau Chennai | Updated on October 20, 2013 Published on October 20, 2013

The International Labour Organisation has tied up with the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises to adopt five units in Ambattur industrial belt in Chennai to help them increase productivity.

The light engineering units with 40-300 employees, will get consultants and technical experts train mid-level and blue-collar workers on raising productivity and optimising resource utilisation.

The five-module course will touch upon a wide range of aspects in business, from cutting delays on the shop floor to setting realisable short-term goals in turnover.

The registration fee will be Rs 10,000 for these units. S. Sivagnanam, Additional Industrial Advisor, Ministry of MSME, says the Lean Project of the Ministry, envisaged in the 11th Plan, has been working with managers and business heads through 100 pilot projects to increase productivity and cut costs.

“With this association, employees on the lower rungs will be exposed to the nuances of raising productivity.” In its first phase over the last 18 months, ILO has trained 42 companies across the country.

Thomas Kring, Chief Technical Advisor, ILO, says over 40 per cent of the labour in the sectors of leather, automobile, and textile in the State come under casual labour.

The ILO is in the midst of a massive study across India, Nepal, and Bangladesh, documenting grassrootlabour conditions.

The estimated cost for this study is $5 million.

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Published on October 20, 2013
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