10/13/11 (AEIN) Speaking at a workers' award ceremony, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh said that the government of India will continue to reform labor laws and promote positive relations among workers and industry. He spoke of the need for a balance between the interests of workers and those of business owners, according to a statement issued by India's Ministry of Labor and Employment.
The Prime Minister explained that some Indians favor the enhancement of labor laws to defend the rights of workers, while others prefer weakening such laws to promote economic growth. He said that the government would seek to modify regulations for the benefit of all parties. He called upon workers and managers to work together for progress and mutual benefit.
Labor and Employment Minister Shri Mallikarjun Kharge also spoke at the ceremony in New Delhi, where fifty-three workers received awards. Many concerns remain regarding working conditions in India. An International Trade Union Confederation report released in September indicated that child labor persists and authorities heavily restrict the ability of workers to form labor unions.