Joint IBSA Declaration on the Sidelines of 101st Plenary Session of ILC

Union Labour & Employment Minster Shri Mallikarjuna Kharge has welcomed the signing of tripartite IBSA Declaration of labour ministers on the sidelines of the 101st ILC, Geneva on 12JUN12. He has expressed the hope that IBSA South-South Cooperation will lay the foundation of many cooperative efforts in the coming days, bring people of our countries together and significantly contribute towards meeting the aspiration of our working class.

India remains committed and willing to work closely with its IBSA partners in our collective endeavour to further deepen cooperation. Excerpts from of the Ministers speech:

‘We derive our vision and strength from the fact that this document combines the strengths of three major democracies and emerging economies located in three different continents. We share the principles of pluralism, democracy, tolerance and multiculturalism.”

“In November 2010 India, Brazil and South Africa had come together with ILO and signed the Declaration of Intent for furthering the Decent Work agenda not only in their country but also on an expanded canvas which covers other developing and low income countries.”

Developing countries have been successful in coming out with innovative solutions to the challenges of poverty and Decent Work Gaps. India’s Mahatama Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA), South Africa’s “Expanded Public Works Programme” and Brazil’s “Bolsa Familia” are some of the success stories in this direction.

(PIB 12JUN12)

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