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Indian Labour Conference (ILC)

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Indian Labour Conference (ILC):


The Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh has asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to convene the Indian Labour Conference (ILC).

  • The most recent session of ILC was held in 2015, at the earliest.


Need for convening ILC:

  • The ILC is “required to uphold the noble tradition of tripartism in the country”.
  • India also has a legal obligation to do so since the Parliament has ratified Convention No. 144 of the ILO related to strengthening the tripartite mechanism.


About ILC:

  • The Indian Labour Conference (ILC) is the apex level tripartite consultative committee in the Ministry of Labour & Employment to advise the Government on the issues concerning working class of the country.
  • All the 12 Central Trade Union Organisations, Central Organisations of employers, all State Governments and Union Territories and Central Ministries/Departments concerned with the agenda items, are the members of the ILC.
  • The first meeting of the Indian Labour Conference (then called Tripartite National Labour Conference) was held in 1942 and so far a total of 46 Sessions have been held.



Indian Labour Conference discusses and deliberates on significant issues aimed at improving the welfare of the workers. Notable contributions have been emanated by this forum including the Minimum wage fixing methodology and standing orders for employment.


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Prelims Link:

  1. About ILC.
  2. Participants.
  3. About ILO.
  4. Important ILO conventions.

Mains Link:

Discuss the significance of ILC.

Sources: the Hindu.