BRICS Labour and Employment Ministers’ Meeting

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Union Labor and Employment Minister Bhupendra Yadav participated in the BRICS Labor and Employment Ministers meeting held under the Chinese presidency on 14 July.

Important facts

  • With regard to the priority issues discussed in the meeting, the Minister highlighted the initiatives taken by India.

  • The Minister informed that a Sector Council for Green Jobs in India has been set up to develop strategies and implement programs for skill development in the green sector.

  • The minister explained the steps taken by India to provide relief to the workers during the pandemic.

  • India has taken several initiatives to increase the number of days of assured employment under MGNREGA and to provide free ration.

  • The government has provided loans to street vendors to help them restart their business under the PM Svanidhi Yojana during the pandemic.

  • The meeting was attended by ministers from member countries Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

Declaration of the meeting

  • The need for promoting green jobs was recognized in the Declaration of the meeting.

  • The Declaration recognized the need to promote green jobs for sustainable development, strengthen cooperation in skill development and protect workers' rights in new forms of employment.

  • Discussions on three priority issues

  1. Promoting green jobs for sustainable development, 

  2. Developing skills for resilient recovery, 

  3. Protecting Workers Right in New Forms of Employment.


  • It is an acronym for the group of major emerging economies of the world – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

  • In 2001, British economist Jim O'Neill coined the term BRIC.

  • South Africa was invited to join BRIC in December 2010.

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