PM Modi to inaugurate two-day state labour ministers conference on Thursday

The two-day National Labour Conference of Labour Ministers and Labour Secretaries of States/UTs’ scheduled on 25 and 26 August at Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh will be virtually inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday.

The key agendas of the conference will be to deliberate on reforms, social security for informal workers and Vision-2047 for workforce among others.

This conference is being organised to seek the feedback of state counterparts after 2014, a top labour ministry official said. Earlier such conferences were held in a different format before 2014.

Key issues to be deliberated upon in the conference

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e-Shram Portal

The conference will deliberate on integrating e-Shram portal for on boarding social security schemes run by Central Government & State Governments to universalise social protection to workers and to improve employment opportunities for all.

The conference will also mark the anniversary of e-Shram portal, which was launched in August last year to create a national database for unorganised workers with the main objective of providing social security and other benefits to them.

The database will also work as an input for evidence based policies to suit the requirement of workforce across the country. At present over 28 crore informal sector workers under 400 different occupations have registered themselves.

Swasthya se Samriddhi

The conference will also discuss Swasthya se Samriddhi concept with deliberations on improving medical care and services through ESI (employee state insurance) hospitals run by State Governments and integration with PMJAY (Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojna).

There are 3.8 crore insured person and over 12.5 crore total beneficiaries (including family member of insured person) under the ESI scheme run by the ESIC at present.

The official told that the number of insured persons and beneficiaries are expected to increase by 20 per cent under ESIC ambit after the implementation of social security code.

The ESIC will also expand the ambit of its services to all 744 districts of the country by December 2022.


The conference will also discuss the Vision-2047 for workforce of the country which may be discussed on the lines of Vision Shramev Jayate @ 2047.

Under social security code, all informal sector workers would be covered under social security scheme run by Employees State Insurance Corporation. It is one among the four labour codes passed by the Parliament. The government is in the process of implementing these codes.

Union Labour Minister Bhupender Yadav will preside the conference.

Discussion would also be held on framing of rules under four Labour Codes and modalities for implementation along with development of Portals for licensing, registration, returns, inspections etc.

With inputs from PTI.

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