V.V. Giri National Labour Institute holds workshop on International Women’s Day




V.V. Giri National Labour Institute holds workshop on International Women’s Day 

Theme of Workshop “World of Work: Gender Dimensions of Sexual Harassment” 


On the occasion of the International Women’s Day, V.V. Giri National Labour Institute jointly with Ministry of Labour & Employment, Government of India organised a One-Day Workshop on the theme, World of Work: Gender Dimensions of Sexual Harassment today. The workshop was held to mark the International Women’s Day and to acknowledge and appreciate the remarkable contribution of women around the world towards development and to secure women’s rights and shape a more equitable society. 

Shri Shankar Aggarwal, Secretary, Ministry of Labour & Employment, in his inaugural address highlighted the critical role that education can play in bringing about gender equality in every aspect of life. He emphasised that every organisation should initiate measures to address the issues related to sexual harassment on a continuous basis rather than as a one-off exercise. He said that gender equality in the world of work is not only a matter of human rights and justice for workers but also a key instrument in achieving economic prosperity. He noted that the Government of India has initiated a number of measures like permitting night work for women, enhancing maternity leave etc. in the recent past to ensure a safe, secure and enabling work environment. 

Shri Manish Kumar Gupta, Director General, V.V. Giri National Labour Institute, in his address to the Workshop, noted that attaining gender equality is a challenging issue with huge implications on human development, labour market and productivity. He noted that despite Constitutional provisions of promoting equality at work, women encounter different forms of disadvantages compared with men. 

The deliberations of the Workshop focused on the Sexual Harassment (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 enacted on December 2013. The guidelines of this law clearly states that appropriate and necessary steps should be taken by all the employers without any prejudice to make the workplace safe and secure. The Workshop deliberated in detail the key strategies that could be considered in order to achieve this desired objective. 

A Panel Discussion on Sexual Harassment in the World of Work was also organised during the event. The panelists represented a wide range of stakeholders such as academic institutions, hospitals, bureaucracy, the legal fraternity, non profit organisations and trade unions. The discussion was passionate and free flowing highlighting sexual harassment as a serious human rights violation. Societal causes, patriarchal mindsets, lack of awareness and disregard of law were identified as reasons for an issue that hampered effective implementation of the law. The discussion highlighted the strong need to empower all concerned stakeholders to work towards building a safe and secure workplace for women. 

Dr. ShashiBala, Coordinator, Centre for Gender and Labour, V.V. Giri National Labour Institute made a presentation on the research report, Gender Dimensions at Work and Employment: A Case of Sexual Harassment. This study examined in detail how sexual harassment at workplace is being addressed in different enterprises located in the NCR region. The study, based on detailed analysis of the constitution of the Internal Complaints Committee, District Complaints Committee and cases reported on sexual harassment provides number of recommendations to make the workplace safe and secure. The report, inter alia, highlights that there is a strong need to provide appropriate training for members of the Internal Complaints Committee and District Complaints Committee dealing with sexual harassment. 

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Registration Process under 5 Labour Acts to be Integrated with E-Biz Portal tommorrow: Annual Return under Mines Act 1952 and Common ECR for EPFO/ESIC with Shramsuvidha Portal 

The Ministry for Labour & Employment will launch the Common Registration Facility on e-biz Portal, integration of the Annual Return under Mines Act 1952 and common ECR for EPFO/ESIC with the ShramSuvidha Portal, here tomorrow. 

The Ministry has decided to integrate the registration process under 5 Labour Acts with the e-biz portal of the Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIPP) so that various registrations required by a unit can be obtained through a single window. The 5 Central Labour Acts covered in this process are: 

The Employees’ Provident Funds and Miscellaneous Provisions Act, 1952

The Employees’ State Insurance Act, 1948 

The Contract Labour (Regulation & Abolition) Act, 1970

The Building and Other Construction workers (Regulation of Employment & Conditions of Service) Act, 1996

The Inter-State Migrant Workmen (Regulation of Employment & Condition of Services) Act, 1979 A a unified Web Portal ‘ShramSuvidha Portal’, launched on 16.10.2014 is already catering to four major Organisations under the Ministry of Labour, namely Office of Chief Labour Commissioner (Central), Directorate General of Mines Safety, Employees’ Provident Fund Organization and Employees’ State Insurance Corporation. The ShramSuvidha Web-Portal activated the facility for allotment of LIN and the Transparent Inspection Scheme and subsequently facility for filing Online Single Annual Return under the 8 Central Acts was launched on 24.04.2015. Now it is to facilitate the returns under the Rules/Regulations under the Mines Act 1952 also on the ShramSuvidha Portal. Further, facility for online submission of Common Electronic Challan–cum-Return (ECR) for Employees’ Provident Fund Organization (EPFO) and Employees’ State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) has been developed on the ShramSuvidha Portal. 

This service will reduce the transaction costs of business and make it easy and convenient for employer/establishment to meet their obligations. Thus it will not only be a leap towards better environment for business but also will motivate the informal economy to get formalized. 

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