India assumes chairmanship of ILO’s governing body after 35 years

Apurva Chandra

New Delhi (NVI): After a gap of 35 years, India assumed the chairmanship of the governing body of International Labour Organisation (ILO), marking a new chapter in the 100 years of productive relationship between India and ILO.

Labour Secretary Apurva Chandra has been elected to the post for the period of October 2020 – June 2021, according to a Labour Ministry statement.

The chairperson of the governing body of ILO is a position of international repute.

The Governing Body (GB) is the apex executive body of the ILO, which decides policies, programmes, agenda, budget, and elects the Director-General.

At present, the ILO has 187 members. Chandra will be presiding over the upcoming the Governing Body’s meeting, to be held in November 2020.

At Geneva, Chandra will have the opportunity to interact with the senior officials and social partners of the member states.

It will also provide a platform to apprise participants of the transformational initiative taken by the government in removing the rigidities of the labour market, besides making intention clear about the universalisation of social security to all workers in the organised or unorganised sector, the ministry added.

Chandra belongs to the 1988 batch of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Maharashtra Cadre. He has spent more than seven years in the Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas.

In addition to this, he has worked for over four years between 2013 and 2017 as Principal Secretary (Industries) in the Maharashtra government.

Chandra joined as Director General (Acquisition) in the Ministry of Defence from December 1, 2017, with the mandate of strengthening the Indian Armed Forces by expediting the acquisition process.

He has also chaired the committee to draft the new Defence Acquisition Procedure.

The Defence Acquisition Procedure 2020 has come into effect from October 1, 2020, on the day he joined the Ministry of Labour and Employment as Secretary.