India celebrates May Day

Last Updated: Tue, May 01, 2012 18:43 hrs

India along with the rest of the world celebrated 'May Day' on Tuesday.

International Workers´ Day which is also known as May Day is a celebration of the international labour movement and left-wing movements.

It commonly sees organized street demonstrations and marches by working people and their labour unions throughout most of the world.

May 1 is a national holiday in more than 80 countries. It is also celebrated unofficially in many other countries.

Indian Railway Minister Mukul Roy greeted the nation on the occasion and said: "I would like to extend my heartfelt wishes to all the members of the Indian Railways family, on the occasion of 'International Workers' Day'. This day is celebrated internationally as a tribute to each and every person whose contribution keeps the wheels of industry moving."

"The dedication and hard work of our 14 lakh strong Railway family has helped in making Indian Railways a true Lifeline of the Nation. Each Railway person toil day and night, round the year, for ensuring uninterrupted Railway operations. I salute their commitment and contribution towards the Nation," he said.

"I take this opportunity to reiterate my commitment to the welfare of this vast Railway system, and will continue to work towards providing better social security and congenial working environment for every member of the Railway family," he said.

Roy said: "I express my solidarity with the struggle and cause of workers everywhere, who lay the basic foundation of progress and prosperity achieved by mankind, by their hard work and commitment. Jai Hind! "

Union Labour & Employment Minister Mallikarjun Kharge on Tuesday released a quarterly newsletter "Shram Sasar" on the occasion of International Labour Day in Shram Shakti Bhwan in New Delhi.

The newsletter will provide extensive awareness regarding a number of good labour practices and initiatives taken by the Central as well as state governments to all concerned stakeholders on a regular basis.

The newsletter is also expected to provide an effective channel of communication between the Government and the employers organisations and promote the interest of labour.

The V.V.Giri National Labour Institute in Noida has been entrusted with the task of bringing out the Newsletter on behalf of the Ministry of Labour and Employment.

Mallikarjuna Kharge also formally launched the Electronic Challan-cum-Return (ECR) initiative introduced by the Employees' Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO).

The ECR brings various services to the doorsteps of employees and employers and introduces new levels of transparency and accessibility in the system.

The new system will also substantially improve the efficiency of EPFO in delivering these services.

The minister said the launch of the Electronic Challan cum Return brings an opportunity for the employers to file their returns online from anywhere anytime with a click of a mouse.

Kharge said his Ministry has taken several important initiatives to promote the welfare of the workers through enactment and implementation of various labour Laws.

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