In an effort to achieve inclusive growth, the challenges faced by migrant, contract, and apprentice workers need to be addressed, Mohan Pyare, Principal Secretary – Labour and Employment, Government of Tamil Nadu, said here on Friday. He told presspersons after inaugurating the HR Conclave organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) that workers coming to work here from other States had a different culture and tradition. In the current situation, industries would not be able to manage without migrant workers. “Our aim is we should provide sufficient workforce to industries and workers should get fair wages,” he said.

Inaugurating the conclave, he said that in an effort to achieve inclusive growth these three segments should be studied and necessary efforts taken.

The State Government was focusing on skill development and training. It proposed to establish centres of excellence for various segments of the industry. It had increased the stipend given to students in Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs). It proposed to open ITIs through public-private partnerships and also register industries to provide vocational training. Pradipta K. Mohapatra, former chairman of CII – Southern Region, said that industries should look at lifetime employment and level of flexi staffing. Human Resource professionals and business leaders should look at making workers from other States feel at home.

R. Varadarajan, convenor of the Human Resource and Industrial Relations panel of CII – Coimbatore, said that during the last two decades industries here had created talent pool, aspirations and hopes. Now was the time to see if these aspirations had been addressed.