Bhubaneswar :24th March 2017 (By Prasant Kumar Bhuyan) Since Trade Unions and Industry are increasingly being seen as inalienable partners, they must work even more closely to achieve improved productivity, robust growth and better social development, Odisha’s Industries and School & Mass Education Minister Mr Debi Prasad Mishra, said. That Odisha is fast emerging as a preferred investment destination and eliciting serious attention from the investors’ community from across the country and abroad is reason enough for industry and trade unions to come together and strike up an enduring harmonious relationship, the Minister told a large assembly of industry captains, trade union leaders, HR personnel and other stakeholders at the second IR Conclave organized by CII Odisha here today. Not only will that be good for both industry, it will be good for society as well, said the Minister, who was the Chief Guest at the Conclave. Mr Mishra also assured the industry members that all the reforms that have come up in the area of IR will be translated into action in Odisha. The Odisha Government has already created a positive impression among investors owing to a favourable business climate and ease of doing business, Mr Mishra said. “The State Level Facilitation Cell now grants approval in 20 days. Earlier, it would take 160 days,” he added. Mr Umesh Chowdhary, Chairman, CII Eastern Region & Vice Chairman & Managing Director, Titagarh Group, observed that the flow of investments and dynamism of industry is contingent upon harmonious and industrial relations. “Excellent labour relations and regulations contribute to a happy and productive workforce that partner with management for best possible outcomes for enterprises,” said the CII Eastern Region Chairman.“With a view to showcasing industry’s commitment to fair and ethical practices while dealing with employees, CII’s National Committee on Industrial Relations has drafted two guidelines for creating a fair and responsible workplace. While one pertains to Contract Labour, the other is on collaborative employee relations,” he said. Mr Chowdhary called upon policymakers, industry and labour unions to work towards formulating a flexible labour policy with attendant checks and balances that can bring about higher investments and employment. Dr T K Chand, Chairman, CII Odisha State Council & Chairman & Managing Director, NALCO, said, “There is little doubt that India’s best asset is its large and growing workforce, a cohort of increasingly literate, innovative and hardworking young people.”. The country’s quest for inclusive growth and poverty alleviation will remain elusive if labour laws remain unaddressed, he added. “The Government, industry, and trade unions must work together with a spirit of cooperation to reframe IR as a crucial instrument of growth,” Dr Chand said. “Indeed, India’s rise towards an inclusive and high-growth economy is predicated on unleashing the dynamism and productivity of its workers. It is in the context of creating opportunities for India’s youth that Industrial Relations (IR) must be viewed in India,” he explained. Mr Partha Sarathi Mishra, Co-Chairman, CII Eastern Region HR & ; IR Subcommittee & Chief H R Manager – Ore, Mines and Quarry, Tata Steel Ltd .Past Chief H R Manager – Kalinganagar Steel & Gopalpur Project, Tata Steel Ltd, said a close look at industry trends in post- liberalization India shows that unlike other emerging economies which have embraced labour-intensive low-skill models of development, Indian industry has gone in for capital-intensive and technology- rich sectors. “At a time when India’s workforce continues to expand, there is a need for a shift to a model that generates more jobs and improves livelihood,” he said, adding that the focus be on job creation for millions of unemployed persons rather job protection. That will enhance competitiveness and sustainability of Indian factories and create an attractive industrial climate for investment, Mr Mishra said.