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Workers are partners in progress: PM
New Delhi, Jan 22 (IANS):
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Published on 22 Jan. 2010 11:34 PM IST
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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Thursday said workers were partners in the country’s progress and assured a delegation of trade union leaders every possible step to ensure their growth and welfare. The prime minister made the remarks at a meeting with members of the Indian National Trade Union Congress, a workers’ collective affiliated with the Congress party, along with Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee and Labour Minister Mallikarjun Kharge. “The union leaders impressed upon the prime minister the need to ensure that the workers get their fair share and are protected against problems arising due to the slowdown in growth,” an official statement said. “The prime minister assured the delegation that the government gives the highest priority to inclusive growth and is committed to ensuring that workers in the organised as well as the unorganised sectors are partners in the progress of the country.” The labour ministry was also directed to constitute a panel with the representatives of the ministries of finance and industry to examine the issues raised during the meeting, including a social security net for unorganised workers. Among those representing the union were its president G. Sanjeeva Reddy, who is also a member of parliament, and office-bearers M. Raghavalah, G. Kalan, S.Q. Zama and R. Chandrasekharan. Labour ministry asks to address worker issue Meanwhile the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday asked the Labour Ministry to form a group to examine how to address the problems being faced by workers due to global economic slowdown. The direction to the Labour Ministry was given after the Prime Minister met a workers delegation led by G. Sanjeeva Reddy of Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC). “The Prime Minister directed the Ministry of Labour and Employment to constitute a group, including representatives of the Ministries of Finance and Industry, to examine the issues and give recommendation on how to address them”, a PMO release said. The INTUC leaders impressed upon Mr. Singh to ensure that workers get their fair share and are protected against problems arising due to the slowdown in growth. “The Prime Minister assured the delegation that the government gives the highest priority to inclusive growth and is committed to ensure that workers in the organised as well as the unorganised sectors are partners in the progress of the country,” the release said. The meeting was also attended by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee and Labour Minister Mallikarjun Kharge. While the Indian economy is on path to recovery, the global economy is showing only tentative signs of revival. In the first half of the current fiscal, the Indian economy expanded by seven per cent. The economy started getting the impact of global slowdown since October 2008 affecting several lakhs jobs especially those on contract in sectors like textiles, leather and handicrafts. Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee and and Labour and Employment Minister Mallikarjun Kharge were also present at the meeting. INTUC leaders urged the Prime Minister of the need for workers to get their fair share. The INTUC delegation handed over a memorandum to Dr Singh. , who directed the Ministry of Labour and Employment to constitute a group, including representatives of the Ministries of Finance and Industry to examine issues raised in the memorandum and give recommendations on ways to address them.

 
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