“There is a need to ensure better support to the health-care systems, social protection and employment generation,” he said while speaking at the virtual labour ministers meeting at the 109th session of the International Labour Conference.
“Governments are required to deal with the pandemic and provide an effective response at policy levels to balance business continuity, income security and above everything, well-being of all,” he added
Stating that the world has witnessed loss of lives and livelihood and slowdown of economies with adverse impact on the entire sections of the society especially the weaker ones, minister Gangwar said India is committed towards making all possible efforts to counter the impact of the pandemic and emerge stronger.
Minister Gangwar informed India has launched the Atma Nirbhar Bharat package for self- reliance to strengthen the economy which also include payment of provident fund contributions upto 24% of wages by the government, in respect of eligible new employees.
Further, collateral free loans have been disbursed under MUDRA Yojana in the last three years, having around 70% accounts of women, he said, adding that increase in daily wages under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee scheme has resulted in employment generation of 3.9 billion man days during last financial year alone.
The minister further informed that India has undertaken a massive vaccination drive and a total of 223 million vaccines have been administered so far.
According to the minister, the changes brought in the lives and livelihoods of the people by the pandemic have meant that a new approach should be developed for the style of the work. “Use of digital platforms has posed challenges but also provided more opportunities,” he said, reiterating India has made a legal framework for social security of gig and platform workers also.