Mallikarjun Kharge, Hilda Solis
The Union Minister for Labour and Employment, Mallikarjun Kharge (R) and the US Labour Secretary, Hilda Solis signed a MoU on labour & employment between India and USA, at Washington DC on February 02, 2012PIB

India and the United States have singed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on labor and empowerment which covers cooperation in the areas of skill development, youth employment, occupational safety and health and mines safety.

Expressing happiness after signing the MoU with US Department of Labor, Union Minister for Labor and Employment Mallikarjun Kharge said in a statement, "The roadmap laid down in the MoU will facilitate very close cooperation and interaction between our two countries and bring about improvements in the life of workers and their working conditions".

Further, he expressed the hope that "this MoU will help us in increasing our know-how in the areas of accreditation systems, self-regulation and auditing through collaboration, exchange and sharing of ideas, etc with USA".

Kharge said that India was looking forward for a possible tie-up for training and information exchange in areas of underground and open cast mining, disaster control, emergency management, statistical analysis and development of data bank.

Reiterating Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's vision of skilling 500 million persons by 2022, he said that collaboration with the U.S. would enrich Indians in the areas of training delivery methods, certification, preparation of instructional material, curriculum development and expanding outreach.