Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI: The Government is in consulting social partners to reach a consensus on new laws or amending existing labour-related legislation as well as on other important policy issues in accordance with the National Common Minimum Programme, Minister of State for Labour (Independent charge) Oscar Fernandes said on Monday.

The industrial relations machineries of the Centre and States are continuously at work to ensure that industrial relations remain harmonious and peaceful, he said in his message on the eve of International Labour Day.

"However, much still remains to be done, particularly for the workers in the unorganised sector, which provides the major chunk of employment in the country and contributes about 60 per cent to our Gross Domestic Product. Some important legislation have been enacted to promote welfare of the workers in the unorganised sector. We want these to be implemented effectively. In addition, the Government is actively considering to bring about a legislation for providing social security to workers in the unorganised sector."

In the present economic scenario of liberalisation and globalisation, skills development has acquired immense significance.