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Saturday, February 25, 2012

Union Labour Minister’s Appeal to Trade Unions

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Union Labour Minister’s Appeal to Trade Unions

Union Labour and Employment Minister Shri Mallikarjun Kharge has appealed to the major central trade Unions to desist from going on countrywide general strike on February 28,2012.The Minister has issued the following appeal here today:

‘ I am pained to learn that all major central trade unions have decided to observe a countrywide general strike on 28th february 2012 when the whole attention of the country is focussed on achieving high economic growth. It may be appreciated that the UPA Government has taken strong measures to contain price rise, as a result of which prices of commodities have decreased significantly in recent months. It is well-known that the interest of the common man is paramount for the UPA Government in all policy decisions, particularly relating to the weaker sections of society, farmers and working class. In pursuance to these avowed objectives the Ministry of Labour and employment has taken many radical steps to improve the lot of working class. Most of the issues relating to labour raised by the central trade unions have already been addressed to a substantial extent. However, i do assure all the central trade unions that i am always open to discussions on any of the issues relating to labour at any time and resolve the same amicably through consultations.

There is no denying the fact that the proposed strike will not only cause colossal economic loss to the country but also bring hardship and inconvenience to the common man.

In view of the above and in the interest of the country I would fervently appeal to all the central trade unions to desist from going on strike on 28th February 2012. “



Diamond Jubliee Year Celeberations of ESIC Concludes

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Diamond Jubliee Year Celeberations of ESIC Concludes

Union Labour and Employment Minister Shri Mallikarjun Kharge has said that Employees’ State Insurance Corporation (ESIC ), which was established with an ambition to provide integrated health care and social security to India’s working class in the organized sector and their families, over a period of time has become the backbone of the working class in the country. Speaking at the concluding function of the Diamond Jubilee Year Celebrations of ESIC here today, Shri Kharge said numerous benchmarks of excellence, quality and services have been achieved by ESIC during the last six decades. He said “it has served as an agent for empowering the workforce with social security. Not only the worker and their families have been protected from adversity, but it has also facilitated the acceleration of urbanization and industrialization of the country”.

Referring of the achievements of the ESICs during the Diamond Jubilee Year the Labour Minister said that corporation has introduced many more commitments to the IPs and employers. He said all the commitments were made in such a way that they helped beneficiaries of ESI schemes in getting a better service.

The Minister expressed the confidence that the improvements like IT enabled solutions, modernization of hospitals, opening of medical institutions in various parts of the country and simplification of procedure in availing the cash benefits as well as medical benefit would further glorify the achievements of the Corporation and would lead it towards a brighter future.

In his concluding remarks the Union Labour Minister said “ achieving all these milestones would not have been possible without the hard work and sincere commitment of all officers and staff of ESIC. I hope that they will continue with the same zeal of service towards our IPs, beneficiaries and other stakeholders”.

A book titled ‘ESIC Sparkling Diamond’ containing history of ESIC from 1952 to 2011 and journey of activities/fulfillment of commitments made during the Diamond Jubilee Year by all field offices of ESIC was released by Shri Pranab Mukherjee , Minister of Finance, on the occasion. He also announced the complete Digitization of ESIC on the occasion.

A commemorative postal stamp depicting ESIC’s far reaching contribution to India’s social security scenario was also released on the occasion by Shri Kapil Sibal, Minister of Communications and IT.
The Union Labour & Employment Minister Shri M. Kharge announced the opening of model branch office of ESIC at Hadapsar, Pune. He also released multi-media CD on Diamond Jubilee commitment on ESIC on the occasion.

Source: PIB



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