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'Quality employment is foundation of India's vision for growth': Kharge

New Delhi, Thu, 01 Mar 2012 ANI

New Delhi, Mar 1 (ANI): Stating that quality employment is the foundation of India's vision for growth, Union Labour and Employment Minister Mallikarjun Kharge today said that coming together of the countries of South-South will lead to an understanding of the best practices prevailing in these countries, and development of effective technical cooperation programmes.


Inaugurating the International Conference on South-South Cooperation - Innovations in Public Employment Programmes for Sustainable Inclusive Growth here, he said such common endeavors would go a long way in bringing developing countries together and improving their economic and social condition."


"Collaboration between emerging economies through South-South Cooperation is going to be an important feature of Global Economic Development in the current century," he added.


Kharge said decent work and employment are not merely outcomes, but drivers of economic growth.


"Such an approach requires mitigation of barriers to access, based on education, gender and social inequalities in the labour market and increasing employability through skill development," he added.


Kharge said India is mandated to create a work environment conducive to achieving a high rate of economic growth with due regard to protecting and safeguarding the interests of the working class in general and those of the vulnerable sections of the society in particular.


This process will be sustainable in the long run if it is in tune with the emerging needs of the economy such as attaining higher levels of productivity and competitiveness and increasing employment opportunities," he added.


Kharge also said economic growth and policies of social inclusion mutually reinforce each other and this has become evident in the way our economy could withstand the severe global financial and economic crisis.


The three-day conference aims at building meaningful partnerships and exchange of information through South-South Cooperation. (ANI)


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