Context: Recently, Parliamentary Standing Committee on Labour in its report has highlighted that the Union Labour and Employment Ministry has not utilised its fund completely.
Key highlights of the report:
- Underutilisation of funds: The ministry is yet to spend almost 20% of its 2019-2020 Budget.
- The report was about the labour ministry’s demand for grants for 2020-2021.
- Ministry had utilised 81.64% of the ₹11,184.09 crore allocated to it in the revised estimate.
- Committee has also stated that the utilisation of funds was not evenly spread out across all the four quarters which stood at ₹504.88 crore, ₹5,975.92 crore, ₹1,806.77 crore, ₹842.93 crore (upto 10.02.2020) respectively.
- According to the committee’s findings, utilisation of funds for the National Career Services (NCS) scheme was the worst compared to other schemes. Utilisation of funds in this scheme is lowest at 60.88%.
- 100 % utilisation of funds in Pradhan Mantri Rojgar Protsahan Yojana.
- Utilisation percentage for other schemes was 70% on an average.
- Job fairs: While 3,751 job fairs had been conducted under the scheme till December 2019.Only 3.69 lakh” of the 19.71 lakh candidates had received job offers.
- Parliament Standing Committee was satisfied with the fact that physical targets for the NCS and welfare of Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe job-seekers through coaching etc. had been met for the last three years.
Parliamentary Standing Committee
- Parliamentary Standing Committees draw their authority from Article 105 (on privileges of Parliament members) and Article 118 (on Parliament’s authority to make rules for regulating its procedure and conduct of business).
- Parliamentary Committees are of two kinds: Standing Committees and Ad hoc Committees.
- Standing Committees are permanent and regular committees which are constituted from time to time in pursuance of the provisions of an Act of Parliament or Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in Lok Sabha.
- The work of these Committees is of continuous nature. The Financial Committees, DRSCs and some other Committees come under the category of Standing Committees
- Parliamentary Committees serve as a forum of deliberation and are the backbone of our parliamentary system.
- Due to capacity and time constraints, it is not possible for Members of the Parliament to scrutinize all policies and legislation on the floor of the House. By forming smaller groups of members to examine the subjects ensure deeper deliberation and debate.
- It ensures that detailed scrutiny of government finances, legislation and working continues to take place even if Parliament sessions are disrupted.
- With a representation of members from across political parties, these committees also act as a consensus-building platform.
- Another feature of the committee system is its engagement with relevant stakeholders and power to summon witnesses.
- The committees regularly seek feedback from citizens and experts on subjects it examines.
- After detailed discussion, the prepared reports are tabled in Parliament. These comments add value to the discourse in Parliament. The committees also publish reports on the status of implementation of their recommendations.
National Career Service Portal
- National Career Service is a Five Year Mission Mode Project launched by the Hon’ble Prime Minister in 2015.
- The project is being implemented by the Directorate General of Employment, Ministry of Labour & Employment.
- National Career Service (NCS) is a one-stop solution that provides a wide array of employment and career related services to the citizens of India.
- The portal is also supported by a multilingual call center where the users can call the NCS Toll Free Number 1800-425-1514 for any support.
- The NCS Portal links job-seekers, employers, counsellors and training providers, all through Aadhaar-based authentication. Registration is online and free of charge.
- The portal provides information on over 3000 career options from 53 key industry Sectors - from IT to Textiles, Construction to Automobiles, Pharma and much more. Job-seekers also have access to industry trends in a user-friendly way.
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