Govt chalks out new employment policy

GUWAHATI: In an attempt to guide the existing and emerging workforce of the state, the government on Saturday drafted a new policy guideline for employment generation in the state.

The employment policy of Assam has been documented with a view to provide a framework for planning and policy formulations in guiding the emerging workforce in the state.

The new policy is aimed at ensuring that child labour does not exist in hazardous sectors. It also seeks to provide for enhancing employability through services and skill development on a sustainable basis.

After experiments with the existing policy and a few guidelines for improvisation have been suggested. The policy in its agriculture sector (macro-level) has suggested distribution of cultivation rights to farmers.

Moreover, ceiling of surplus land in the tea garden areas was said to be used not only for urbanization but also in innovative ways for employment generation.

In primary-level of the agriculture sector, surplus land in tea garden areas was suggested to be utilized for cash crop productions in the new policy which will generate quality rural employment and government revenue.

The new policy has provisions for retail trade implementation of national policy for hawkers, street vendors and small shopkeepers. It also envelopes fiscal support and incentive marketing facilities for textile products, beverages and food products.

Labour and employment department of Assam government has drafted the employment policy and made it open for constructive suggestions for a feasible improvement within March 31 this year.