Chandigarh,15.11.18-CII Northern Region organised the 2nd edition of Strategic HR Conclave in Chandigarh today. The Conclave aimed to focus on the New Age Industry Relations.

Any organization cannot hope to grow till it takes care of its key stakeholders – the employees, emphasized Mr Balbir Singh Sidhu, Hon’ble Minister for Labour, Government of Punjab. Here lies the importance of role played by the leadership in maintaining healthy employee relations, he added.

Industry in the state being labour-intensive and highly competitive, the State Government is committed to maintain a parity between the industry interests and labour welfare as far as the minimum wages are concerned. The government is also working on simplifying the labour laws, he informed and welcomed suggestions from the industry in this regard.

Providing an overview of the various measures adopted by the Government of Punjab to inculcate a culture of positive industrial relations, Mr Sidhu shared that the new Industrial & Business Promotion Policy has provisions of special incentives for industry setting up worker hostels, especially for the women workers. Besides, there are provisions on exemption from motor vehicle tax on buses plied by industry for the employees.

Earlier, while delivering the Opening Remarks, Mr D L Sharma, Chairman, CII NR Committee on HR & IR and Managing Director, Vardhman Threads & Yarns Ltd emphasised on the fact that healthy employee relations is directly correlated to greater productivity. It is not only the responsibility of HR department of any organisation, the leadership also should give directions in maintaining employee relations, he opined. Mr Sharma mentioned that with the emergence of young entrepreneurs and start-up ventures, these organisations will have to focus on devising several means to establish a congenial industrial environment. Keeping this in mind, CII intends to institutionalise this platform in Chandigarh for the benefit of its stakeholders, he shared.

Today, with the revamp undergone by the industry, the managers are constantly experiencing the impact of challenges, remarked Mr Sarvjit Singh Samra, Chairman, CII Punjab State Council & Managing Director, Capital Small Finance Bank Ltd. With several instances of retrenchment, the industry must ponder on how to utilize the employees to their optimal while also providing them an assurance regarding their feeling of insecurities, he explained. He said that an organisation can only ensure a sustained growth if it considers the human resources as one of its assets. Mr Samra suggested that efforts should be taken to develop their skills and abilities, and provide them opportunities to excel themselves.

While proposing the Vote of Thanks, Mr Gurmeet Singh Bhatia, Immediate Past Chairman, CII Punjab State Council & Managing Director, Ajooni Biotech Ltd said that while the industry is constantly facing lots of pressure to strive in a competitive business environment, this has brought forth the need for acquiring, developing and retaining the talent. In order to grow, the top management must recognize the importance of building human capital and work on it, he advised.