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MSME ministry lays out new guidelines for pottery, beekeeping activities
This is being done to enhance the production, technical knowhow of pottery artisans and to develop new products at reduced costs; and to enhance the income of pottery artisans through training and modern / automated equipment.
Ministry of renewable energy to extend project deadlines to cover lockdown disruption
The ministry said on April 17 that it would regard the ...
'One-time cash transfer, basic food supplies for 3 months can help tackle labour migration problem'
It said distributing money through direct...
Raw material, movement of labour biggest hurdles: CII
The findings are part of a nationwide survey conducted by CII last week to determine the effectiveness of the exit from lockdown in specific zones and sectors.
View: A 'full-time' politician is best suited for the FM's job right now
Consider the circumstances. The economic shock has devastated three of the four engines of economic growth: private consumption, private investment and exports. The finance minister needs to pilot a $2.6 trillion economy on one engine: government spending. This requires greater skills in politics than economics.
Why Indian economy needs swift and robust labour reforms
Circumstances have presented India with another chance where it can capitalise on the flight of companies from China that is underway because of the Covid-19 crisis. The continued presence of restrictive labour laws, however, continues to make India an unfavourable destination for manufacturing as compared to Southeast Asian economies like Vietnam.
Govt seeks Parliament’s approval for Rs 2.35 lakh crore of additional gross expenditure
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Monday sought the Parliament nod for additional spending of Rs 2,35,852.87 crore, including Rs 40,000 crore towards enhanced expenditure under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Program.
Finance Ministry not considering calamity cess on GST
Ministry sources said that in the present economic scenario during the COVID-19 pandemic, any purported proposal of introducing a calamity cess would be nothing less than an adversity itself. This would prove to be counter-productive, as sales are already at low volume and the industry is facing a deep crisis for want of demand and likely labour challenges, a source said.
Social security schemes may soon cover gig workers too
The labour ministry may soon include gig workers under the existing social security schemes of the government, which would make them eligible for pension and medical benefits.
Government to integrate online job portals with Unnati to bring employers and job seekers under one umbrella
Centre plans to create a mega portal with NITI Aayog's ‘Unnati’ that will cater exclusively to the needs of the blue and grey collar workers in the country following a diktat from PM Modi to help workers get jobs in their state.
Shift focus to skilling, jobs: PM to GoM, ministries
In a meeting with the 8-member group of ministers on skill development and employment generation on Monday evening, attended by several other senior ministers, Modi is learnt to have asked the GoM and concerned departments to work continuously to find new ideas to generate new job opportunities for all.
Labour ministry keen to retain 8.65% interest rate on EPF deposits for 2019-20
Speculations are rife that the interest rate on EPF may be lowered to 8.5% for the current fiscal, a tad lower than 8.65% provided for 2018-19. As per sources, the agenda for the CBT meeting has not yet been finalised and it is difficult to predict EPFO's income projections for the current fiscal, which will be the basis for fixing the rate.
House panel meets lined up, but Covid fears remain
The new PAC constituted at the beginning of this financial year has not held any meeting so far. The first meeting is crucial as selection of subjects to be taken up will be finalised in this sitting. Standing Committee on Labour Chairperson Bhartruhari Mahtab is optimistic that a meeting can be convened soon.
Labour reforms: After Centre's push, states explore ways to house migrants better
Gujarat’s new industrial policy launched on Saturday talks about dormitory housing for migrant workers near industrial zones under state and central urban housing schemes, while some others including Haryana, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka are working on similar policies, people aware of the development told ET.
Home Ministry issues standard operating procedure for stranded labourers
The ministry, however, cautioned against any movement of labourers between states or Union Territories where they are currently located.