New Delhi: The Labour Bureau of the Ministry of Labour and Employment has been designated to complete five different types of surveys in 7 months to collect the data of all migrant workers, maids, professionals, etc. in the country in order to roll out a new employment policy.
"The actual situation of the employment in the country will be clear after the completion of these five surveys. The government requires data to formulate any policy. These surveys will provide an extensive data of all the professionals, migrant labourers as well as those who are working in unorganised sectors and employment opportunities being generated in unorgranised sector which will help the government in framing new policy on employment." said Labour Bureau Director General (DG) D.P.S.Negi,as reported by IANS.
He said that the field survey had started on April 1.
"As of now, we are focusing on an all India quarterly survey of migrant labourers and organisations which have employed 10 or more than 10 workers. Then we will complete three more surveys in a phase-wise manner. All the five surveys will be completed by November," he added.
When asked about the practicality of conducting surveys amid the pandemic crisis, he replied positively.
"A few states have imposed night curfew whereas the survey will be done during the day, so there won't be much impact. However, if the situation gets worse then we will work accordingly," he said.
The Union government has made an extensive strategy for the 5 surveys, after 46 meetings of an expert committee, involving international economists and statisticians. The expert committee under the direction of Dr S.P. Mukherjee and Dr Amitabh Kundu have designed the entire survey.
Also, the Labour Bureau had organised a 3-day training session (from March 24-26) for the teams which had to conduct the surveys. Prior to this, the teams were given training at Chandigarh also.
Now, all the 2,500 staff conducting these surveys will be given online training from April 12.
The five surveys which are being conducted are All India Survey of Migrant Labourers, All India Survey of Domestic Workers, All India Survey of Employment Generated by Professionals, All India Survey of employment generated in the transport sector and All India Quarterly Survey of unorganized sector.