The first-ever meeting of BRICS Employment Working Group (BEWG) here discussed crucial issues, including those on entering Social Security Agreement (SSA) between the member countries and employment generation.

Union Minister of State for Labour Bandaru Dattatreya said on Thursday that the BEWG has finalised the terms of reference drafted by India, the host country.

Representatives take part

Representatives of all the five countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa), International Labour Organisation and International Social Security Agency participated in the deliberations.

"On Social Security Agreement...we already have agreement with 19 countries including Malaysia and Singapore (with whom) we have bilateral agreement. Now we also discussed about BRICS countries having agreement with India on Social Security so that our migrant workers can be benefitted," Dattatreya told reporters. The meeting saw deliberations including on 'Employment Generation for Inclusive Growth', 'Possible Social Security agreements amongst BRICS nations' and 'Networking of Labour Institutes of BRICS nations'.

Source: Deccan Herald