Align minimum wages nation skills qualification framework
Shri Sarbananda Sonowal, Minister of State for Skill Development, Entrepreneurship, Youth Affairs and Sports (Independent Charge), emphasized the need to re-visit the Minimum Wages Act to align wages to the levels defined in the National Skills Qualification Framework. “Work must also commence on developing models for recognition of prior learning and developing a well-integrated credit framework for the country,” he said while inaugurating FICCI’s 7th Global Skills Summit 2014 on the theme ‘India’s Skill Ecosystem: From Design to Action’. The Minister said that it was important, through both macro and micro policies to create a pull factor which attracts and also enforces the people to get skilled to get into employment or self-employment. “One such example could be to include a minimum percentage of certified skilled work force in the tendering process of every manpower intensive project and increase the minimum percentage every year by a reasonable margin based on the life of the project”, he said, adding that at the local level, the industry could enforce it by ensuring that their ancillary services like drivers, housekeeping and security and people at the shop floor are certified skilled.
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