India may pitch for policies to stimulate employment

Global Jobs Crisis Summit commences in Geneva today

A high-level delegation led by Labour Minister Mallikarjun Kharge is attending the meet along with several heads of state. “India is likely to seek policies that stimulate the employment market at the meet where the agenda would mostly revolve around measures being implemented at the national and international level to address the crisis,” sources in the Labour Ministry said.

Kharge had said his major priority would be to “tackle the problem of job losses arising out of recession”.

He also vowed to provide solutions to people who lost their livelihood in real estate and garment sectors which were the worst hit.

The Labour Ministry had revealed early this year that five lakh people had lost their jobs in the October-December quarter last year, as the economic downturn was becoming more pronounced.

More recently, the Commerce Ministry had also said that export sectors in India would be the worst hit due to the recession. According to the ILO representatives here, about nine heads of state and government, six vice-presidents, labour ministers and leaders of employers’ and workers’ organisations are expected to attend the three-day summit.

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