Labour Ministry tableau to showcase current reforms in Republic Day parade

Ravi S Singh

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 23

The Union Labour and Employment Ministry will add colour to the country’s iconic Republic Day national Parade this year through its own own tableau depicting the Union Government’s recent reforms in the labour laws.

The tableau has been prepared and  touch-up is being given to the showcase.

The Ministry ideated upon the spectrum of the tableau in the wake of demand from wide-ranging quarters representing the labour force in the country.

The months of depression and negativity in labour market, and severe lockdown in the wake of the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic needed presentation of happy auguries on the occasion of national festivity of Republic Day.

“The tableau shall depict historical labour reforms brought in by the government during recent past,” the Ministry informed on Friday.

The tableau’s theme is ‘Respect for hard work and equal rights for all’.

Its art portrays the transformation that will come into the life of organised and unorganised workers after the implementation of the recent labour codes.

“The design thought is a celebration of all-round well-being and security of the workers,” the Ministry added.

The front of the tableau has a huge structure of a “very confident and empowered worker” —holding a tool and leading the way. A yellow safety cap on his head suggests social security, wage security and health security provided under labour reforms.

The middle portion of the tableau shows glimpse of workers from various industries along with a mobile app showing DBT (Direct Benefit Transfer) facility and a medical aid suggestion which reads, “Swasth Shramik, Swasth Bharat”, which means Healthy Worker. This is to highlight the medical and financial protection being given to them.

The rear part shows workers finding shelter under a big yellow helmet with “Safety first” written over it.

The wheels carry messages of social security and clean work environment that is available round the clock. Alongside the tableau, gig and platform workers and artists will perform as delivery boy, cargo carrier, etc.

Union Labour Minister Santosh Kumar Gangwar jas held a series of “tripartite” consultation meetings involving Central Trade Union (CTUs) representing workers, employers and the Union Government to finalise rules under the Labour Codes to make them operational.

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