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‘Industrialists should hire more apprentices irrespective of profit margins’: PM Modi

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New Delhi:Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday urged the industrialists to hire more apprentices irrespective of their profit margins and said that it is their social responsibility to do so.

“China has two crore people working as apprentices, one crore in Japan, but only 30 lakh in India. Disappointing! The CSR should involve training the apprenticeships. So many people needs job. We have to start from somewhere. I want industrialists to hire more apprentices. Never mind if your profit margins fall. It is your social responsibility,” Prime Minister Modi said in his inaugural address at the 46th session of Indian Labour Conference.

“There have been so many Prime Ministers in the past, but if there is just one Prime Minister who understands labour it’s me. I know the state of poor people in the nation because I have come from that background. I don’t need to go with a cameraman to study it. I have lived with them, I know labour,” he added.

The Prime Minister further stressed that even the middle class should help the people, who work for them.

“We are concerned about the health of our labourers. All their medical records will now be available online. The discussions lead to good results. We have to work collectively to take things forward,” he added. (ANI)