Ministry of Labour and Employment (India)

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Ministry of Labour and Employment
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Agency overview
Jurisdiction IndiaRepublic of India
Headquarters Rafi Marg, New Delhi
Minister responsible

The Ministry of Labour and Employment is India's federal ministry which is responsible to protect and safeguard the interest of workers in general and the poor, deprived and disadvantaged sections of the society.[1] The Ministry aims to create a healthy work environment for higher production and productivity and to develop and coordinate vocational skill training and employment.[1] However, Skill Development responsibilities, such as Industrial Training and Apprenticeship responsibilities were transferred to the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship from 9 November 2014[2] The Ministry launched the National Career Service portal on 20 July 2015 to help bridge the gap between job providers and job seekers.

Role and Working[edit]


The thrust areas of the ministry are:[3]

  • Labour Policy and legislation
  • Safety, health and welfare of labour
  • Social security of labour
  • Policy relating to special target groups such as women and child labour
  • Industrial relations and enforcement of labour laws in the Central sphere
  • Adjudication of industrial disputes through Central Government Industrial Tribunals cum Labour Courts and National Industrial Tribunals
  • Workers' Education
  • Labour and Employment Statistics

The results of recession [4] on employment in the eight selected sectors textiles including apparels, leather, metals, automobiles, gems & jewellery, transport, IT/BPO and handloom / powerloom were monitored starting from Oct-Dec 2008. The overall employment in the eight selected sectors covered in the quarterly surveys has increased by 10.66 lakh (0.16%). In IT/BPO sector the increase in the employment is maximum (6.9 lakh) during the year 2009-10.

  • Emigration of Labour for employment abroad
  • Employment services and vocational training
  • Administration of Central Labour & Employment Services
  • International co-operation in labour and employment matters


The attached and subordinate offices, autonomous organisations, adjudicating bodies and arbitration bodies are:[1]

Attached offices[edit]

  • Directorate General of Employment [5]
  • Office of Chief Labour Commissioner has the power to rusticate any labour in charge of the country
  • Commissioner

Subordinate offices[edit]

  • Directorate General of Mines Safety
  • Welfare Commissioners

Autonomous organisations[edit]

Adjudicating body[edit]

  • Central Government Industrial Tribunals and Labour Courts

Arbitration Body[edit]

  • Central Labour Institute

Labour Ministers of India[edit]

For further information, see Minister of Labour and Employment

Cabinet Ministers[edit]

Ministers of State (Independent Charge)[edit]

Ministers of State[edit]


External links[edit]