“I would stand by our trade unions. You give us good suggestions. Whatever decisions we take, we will take tri- partite decisions. We will take labour into confidence,” Dattatreya assured workers.
He added “I would like to request labour today – don’t pay heed to misinformation, wrong information. The reforms that are happening are not intended to do wrong.”
Dattatreya addressing a Round Table conference and said under the Apprentices (Amendment) Act- 2014 passed by Parliament recently, the Centre had raised the wages of apprentices from Rs 2,000 per month to Rs 4,500 and to Rs 6000 per month in some cases.
The govt will support one lakh apprentices with a 50 percent share in their stipend over the next two-and-a-half years under Protsahan Yojna.
It may be recalled that trade unions affiliated to all major political parties including BJP, have held nationwide protests opposing the series of labour reforms planned by the Narendra Modi govt.
A single smart card for all the three Rashtriya Swashthya Bima Yojana, Aam Admi Bima Yojana (AABY) and old-age pension scheme.
According to Dattatreya, India has a skill development strength of 2.8 lakh. Germany has a strength of 36 lakh, Japan has 1 crore skilled persons and China has two crores of them and he added ”We want to reach the level of Japan by the next four years and provide employment to all needy workers.”
The most recent being Wednesday’s approval by Union Cabinet to promulgate ordinances related to coal and insurance sectors.“The inapt and inaction of the last ten years in these two sectors of the economy are well-known,” he stated.