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NAC to discuss draft of unorganised sector workers bill with experts

By Our Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI, FEB. 5. The National Advisory Council (NAC) to the United Progressive Alliance Government today decided that the proposed provisions of the draft "Unorganised Sector Workers bill" could be discussed first with experts, labour representatives, officials and others concerned and before a report is presented.

At the 10th meeting of the NAC, chaired by the UPA chairperson, Sonia Gandhi, a presentation was also made with regard to the draft tribal policy on which it was decided that specific comments would be forwarded to the Government.

Decentralisation

Discussions were taken up on the issues pertaining to decentralisation as part of the recommendations to be formulated by the Council on Governance and Administrative reforms, an official release said.

In this context, papers circulated in respect of autonomy of cooperatives and measures to strengthen the local self-government institutions also came up for discussion. It was noted that while independent mechanisms such as effective local audit and

Citizens' Charters could be of help in enforcing accountability and transparency, a comprehensive approach involving legislative and other steps would need to be followed by the Union and State governments.

It was agreed that the subject of local governments and citizen empowerment would be studied in depth to facilitate further consideration in the Council, alongside appropriate recommendations being made to the government in the short term.

The meeting also deliberated on the tasks and priorities being addressed by the recently constituted National Manufacturing Competitiveness Council to augment economic growth, promote expansion of employment opportunities particularly in the textiles and apparel, leather goods, handicrafts and food processing industries, encourage manufacturing innovations and strengthen the development of skills.

The next meeting of the council has been scheduled for March 5.

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