The Government will set up soon a committee to frame India’s first National Employment Policy with an aim to significantly push up employment generation in the country. Work has begun to identify the members of the committee that is expected to have representatives from stakeholder ministries, academia, experts and representatives of employers and trade unions.
The policy is expected to take into account the jobs estimated to be created under the production linked incentive scheme across a dozen sectors besides the rising number of gig workforce and platform workers in the country.
Last year a group of ministers led by then social justice and empowerment minster Thawar Chand Gehlot had suggested that the National Employment Policy should lay out a sectoral road map with incentives for employment generation. The renewed focus on the country’s first National Employment Policy came after the Covid-19 pandemic took away millions of jobs raising the overall unemployment rate to alarming levels.