Union Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatraya said that former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's style of building consensus and taking bold decisions were exemplified in the initiatives for peace with Pakistan and his bus journey to Lahore.
While addressing a meeting to mark the 'Good Governance Day' today in his Secunderabad constituency, he recalled that the decision to have an independent nuclear policy, the first Prime Minister to be able to serve a full term based on a coalition of parties, initiate economic reforms that resulted in over eight per cent growth in the GDP and the manner in which he resolved the disputes in the Telecom sector, by virtue of which almost every Indian now has access to mobile phones.
He said that it was Vajpayee, who introduced the concept of 'Good Governance' in India as he had the vision to see that India could not become a developed nation without 'good governance'. Vajpayee Ji's six-year stint as Prime Minister of the country was blemish free and saw the reforms required to transform India being implemented without fear or favour. The decision to award the Bharat Ratna to Sri Vajpayee jee is long overdue, he added.
Dattatreya said that Vajpayee has spent his life in the service of the nation and is an outstanding personality and the nation will be ever proud of him." He felt that the earlier scam free stint of the NDA at the centre also played a role in the decision of the Indian people who gave a majority on its own.
There are many characteristics that the two Prime Ministers from the party share, like considering themselves as Pradhan Sevaks instead of Pradhan Mantris, taking bold decisions and placing the interests of the country over family and partisan interests, he added.
Meanwhile, Dattatreya appealed to trade union leaders not to get unduly worried about the labour reforms initiated by the NDA government. He said the government would take labour force into confidence while dealing with workmen-related issues. "I would stand by our trade unions. You give us good suggestions. Whatever decisions we take, we will take tri- partite decisions. We will take labour into confidence," added.
He asserted that reforms are for good and we would like to carry out reforms for common man. We are not going to carry out reforms only for a few people. But, he cautioned that it takes some to see the benefits.
Addressing a Round Table conference on Good Governance, he said under the Apprentices (Amendment) Act- 2014 passed by Parliament recently, the Centre had raised the wages of apprentices from Rs 2,000 per month to Rs 4,500 and to Rs 6000 per month in some cases.
Under Apprentice Protsahan Yojna, the government will support one lakh apprentices with a 50 percent share in their stipend over the next two-and-a-half years. The provisions in the amended Act include making apprenticeship responsive to youth and industry, increasing skilled labour, easing of rules for employers to recruit apprentices and allowing them to undertake demand-driven training courses.
The country has 12,000 Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) and according to worldwide sample surveys, skill performance in India is in a bad shape when compared with other countries. According to Dattatreya, India has a skill development strength of 2.8 lakh. Germany has a strength of 36 lakh, Japan has 1 crore skilled persons and China has two crores of them."We want to reach the level of Japan by the next four years and provide employment to all needy workers," he said.
The issuance of ordinances showed the decisiveness of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he said. "The Prime Minister has demonstrated his bold and decisive nature many times in the last six months. The most recent being Wednesday's approval by Union Cabinet to promulgate ordinances related to coal and insurance sectors. "The bungling and inaction of the last ten years in these two sectors of the economy are well-known," he stated.