27 Mar 2024: PIB Summary for UPSC

27 Mar 2024 PIB
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1. Army Commanders' Conference 2024
2. India at G20 2nd Employment Working Group Meeting at Brasilia
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1. Army Commanders’ Conference 2024

Syllabus: GS-3, Defence and Security


The first Army Commanders’ Conference for 2024 will be organised.


  • The Conference will be organised in hybrid mode, in virtual mode scheduled on 28th March 2024 and in physical mode in New Delhi on 1st and 2nd April 2024.
  • The conference serves as a pivotal forum for the apex leadership of the Indian Army to brainstorm conceptual issues and review and assess the overall security situation. 
  • It will lay down key priorities facilitating important policy decisions to chart the course for future direction.
  • The conference will be chaired by the Chief of the Army Staff (COAS).
  • The deliberation will be on critical agendas impacting the field army and veterans’ welfare. 
  • The conference will also feature talks by distinguished Subject Matter Experts on the evolving geopolitical landscape and ramifications for national security.
  • The sessions will be aimed at enhancing operational effectiveness, the importance of fostering a culture of innovation and adaptability and investing in training and development programmes to ensure readiness for future challenges

2. India at G20 2nd Employment Working Group Meeting at Brasilia

Syllabus: GS-2, International Relations

Mains: India at the G20


The two-day 2nd Employment Working Group (EWG) meeting under the Brazilian Presidency commenced in Brasilia. 


  • The G20 EWG’s mandate is to address labour, employment and social issues for strong, sustainable, balanced and job-rich growth for all.
  • As a member of the G20 Troika, India is co-chairing the 2nd EWG meeting, along with Brazil and South Africa.
  • The focus areas for the 2nd EWG meeting are:
    • Creating quality employment and promoting decent labour
    • Addressing a just transition amidst digital and energy transformations
    • Leveraging technologies to enhance the quality of life for all
    • Gender equity and promoting diversity in the world of employment for inclusivity, driving innovation and growth
  • The Indian delegation emphasized the need for creating inclusive environments by ensuring equal representation and empowerment for all, irrespective of race, gender, ethnicity, or socio-economic background.
  • The Indian delegation showcased some of the strides made by India to achieve gender equality.
    • Enacting the Occupational Safety Health and Working Conditions Code, 2020 which entitles women to be employed in all establishments for all types of work with their consent at night time.
    • Maternity leave with pay protection increased from 12 weeks to 26 weeks for all women working in establishments employing 10 or more workers through amending the Maternity Benefit Act of 1961 in 2017.
    • ‘One Nation, One Ration Card’ is being implemented which allows migrants to access their entitled food grains from anywhere in the Public Distribution System network in the country. 
    • The e-Shram portal enables access for unorganised workers to benefits under various social security schemes.
    • India has also taken several steps to promote the participation of aged persons in the labour market; for the rehabilitation of persons with disabilities, including vocational training, skill development, and job placement services; & traditionally marginalized and vulnerable groups.

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