India gets Chairmanship of ILO governing body after 35 years


After 35 years, India has assumed the Chairmanship of the Governing Body of International Labour Organization, marking a new chapter in the 100 years of a productive relationship between India and ILO.


The Secretary Labour and Employment Apurva Chandra have been elected as the Chairperson of the Governing Body of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) for the period October 2020- June 2021. The Chairperson of the Governing Body of ILO is a position of international repute.

The Governing Body is the apex executive body of the ILO which decides policies, programmes, agenda, budget and elects the Director-General. At present, ILO has 187 members. Apurva Chandra will be presiding over the upcoming meeting of the Governing Body to be held in November 2020. At Geneva, he would have the opportunity to interact with the senior officials and social partners of the member states. It will also provide a platform to appraise participants of the transformational initiatives taken by Government in removing the rigidities of labour market besides making its intention clear about the universalization of social security to all workers whether in the organised or unorganised sector.

Apurva Chandra belongs to the 1988 batch of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Maharashtra Cadre. Chandra has spent more than seven years in the Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas in the Government of India. Chandra has worked for over four years between 2013 and 2017 as Principal Secretary Industries in the Government of Maharashtra and later joined the Ministry of Defence from December 1, 2017.

He chaired the Committee to draft the new Defence Acquisition Procedure 2020 which has come into effect from October 1, 2020 on the day he joined the Ministry of Labour and Employment as Secretary.