Work from home can draw more women participation in workforce, says PM Modi

PM Modi addresses flexible work approach and how it can be channelize to draw more women participation in the workforce.

With work from home facility booming in the work culture, now, the Prime minister of India himself sees potential in the strategy to draw more women participation in the workforce. While addressing a conference of state labour ministers, the PM said that the country has again received the status of being the fastest-growing economy in the world and he gave credit for it to the millions of workers.

Modi stated stretching the importance of flexible workplaces to draw female labour, “The need of the future is flexi work hours. We can use systems like flexible workplaces as opportunities for female labor force participation.” Modi further said in his speech, “India can achieve its goals faster if we make use of our women power.”

The PM also revealed the component behind the country’s success in the 21st century, and it is nothing but how well the country utilises its demographic dividend in the coming years. “We can create a high-quality skilled workforce and take advantage of global opportunities,” he said.

“The country can take advantage of global opportunities by creating a high-quality and skilled workforce,” the PM said, adding that India has signed the ‘migration and mobility partnership agreements’ with many countries. He further urged the state governments to take advantage of these partnerships.

Meanwhile, labour ministers from states and the labour ministry at the Centre will discuss the ‘modalities for integrating a raft of social security’ schemes of the Centre and state governments onto a single platform, the Centre’s ‘e-Shram portal’, which is considered as the step towards universalisation of social security in the country.

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According to government data, India has the lowest women participation among the emerging economies. While India’s female work participation rate was around 25% for the year 2021, Union Government had covered workers irrespective genders under various social-security schemes, namely, Pradhan Mantri Shram-Yogi Maandhan Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana and Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana, among others.