Inception Workshop on Promoting Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work in the Cotton Supply Chain in India

The inception workshop on promoting fundamental principles and rights at work engaged with ILO constituents and critical stakeholders to share the project objectives and seek inputs to refine the implementation strategies.

ILO global project ‘Promoting Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work (FPRW) in Cotton Supply Chain’ in India, in collaboration with Government of Telangana, social partners and other stakeholders, provides technical support to policy makers, implementers and other stakeholders aiming to build an ecosystem to contribute towards decent work and better livelihood to all in need in cotton growing communities, particularly workers and small/marginal holding farmers.

The project organized an inception workshop on 20 December, 2018 in Hyderabad, jointly with Government of India and Government of Telangana. The opportunity was utilized to launch the project in the state. The workshop was attended by more than 150 participants including officials of the Ministry of Labour and Employment, line departments of the State Government and district level officials, employers’ and workers’ organizations, civil society organizations, research organizations and organizations associated with cotton production.

The purpose of the state level inception workshop was to bring together the ILO’s constituents and critical stakeholders to inform them about the Project’s objectives and seek their inputs to refine the implementation strategies. The workshop provided an opportunity to the stakeholders to develop a common understanding about the project and the need of partnership to ensure enhanced respect of FPRW principles and fair practices at work contributing decent work and sustainability of cotton production. The project succeeded in garnering the buy-in of the major stakeholders for implementation of the project in the state.

The Principal Secretary, Government of Telangana and The Commissioner-cum-Secretary, Department of Consumer food and civil supplies, Government of Telangana welcomed ILO in the state and expressed commitment in the partnership of Labour Department with the Project to work towards promoting fundamental principles and rights at work in the cotton producing districts of the state.

The Deputy Director, ILO DWT for South Asia and Country Office for India, and National Project Coordinator, FPRW Project, briefed the participants about the inter-linkages of ILO’s Decent Work Country Programme (DWCP) and SDG 8 with the Project’s outcome. The participants were explained that the project will address the priority issues to contribute to the decent work mandate in cotton producing areas of the state.