Kerala labour dept to institute Chief Minister's Award for best employers in the state

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Thiruvananthapuram: In a move to encourage job creators in Kerala, the labour department is planning to institute Chief Minister's Award for best employers in the state. The employers from various sectors who properly comply with labour laws in the state will be selected.

Textile shops, hotels, restaurants, resorts, jewelleries, security institutions, house boats, IT sector entities, manufacturing entities, factories, automobile showrooms, clubs and medical labs (laboratories, X-ray, scanning centres) will be the sectors that will considered for selection.

Meanwhile, according to Periodic Labour Force Survey (PLFS) conducted by National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO) during October-December in 2020, unemployment among the youth in Kerala multiplied after Covid outbreak. The unemployment rate among the youth aged between 15-29 years was 36.3 percent during October-December in 2019 before the Covid times. But the rate touched 43 percent in 2020 during the same period. Kerala was in the top spot among states in the country when it comes to unemployment of youth before the pandemic period.

Likewise, a World Bank statement in 2021 said that Kerala has been hit hard by the drop in remittances from the Gulf countries from where about 1.2 million workers returned to the state due to the Covid-driven layoffs. The Bank said that in "Kerala, an estimated 1.2 million migrant workers, out of more than 4 million who worked in the GCC countries and contributed 30 per cent of the state's income, returned in 2020 after the global pandemic left them jobless. Low-skilled workers were the hardest hit". In that state the monthly remittances to families receiving them fell on average by $267, the brief said.

The government earlier launched Kerala Knowledge Economy Mission. This has been devised to give employment to 20 lakh people in five years. The plan to honour best employers in the state comes amid this.

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