India, German to jointly tackle occupational diseases

MoUs on collaboration between India and Germany in the domains of rehabilitation and vocational training of Insured Persons with Disabilities, and Occupational Diseases have been approved by the Union Cabinet

November 6, 2019

The Government of India will engage with the German Social Accident Insurance (DGUV), an association based in Germany that promoted social protection and works towards Occupational Safety and Health (OSH).

There will also be scope for managing occupational diseases from the prevention, detection and treatment stages. In addition to its rehabilitative potential, the collaboration will look to enhance capacity building in individuals

Indo-German relations have been strengthened by the Strategic Partnership between the nations since 2001. This has allowed significant Inter-Governmental Consultations (IGCs) in areas of co-operation and improvement

German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited India from October 31 to November 1, to attend the fifth edition of bilateral Intergovernmental Consultations (IGC) that followed the 60th anniversary of a development partnership

Preliminary agreements on collaboration between India and Germany in the domains of Rehabilitation and vocational training of Insured Persons with Disabilities and Occupational Diseases were approved by the Union Cabinet on November 6. The agreements will redefine India’s existing relations with Germany as it ventures into relatively newer sectors in which mutual collaboration can be facilitated. The Government of India will engage with the German Social Accident Insurance (DGUV), an association based in Germany that promotes social protection and works towards Occupational Safety and Health (OSH). 

The agreements will enable the sharing of knowledge and help facilitate concrete action towards the social, medical and occupational rehabilitation of Insured Persons with disabilities. There will also be scope for managing occupational diseases from the prevention, detection and treatment stages. In addition to its rehabilitative potential, the partnership will look to enhance capacity building in individuals it seeks to benefit. 

Indo-German relations have been strengthened by the Strategic Partnership between the nations since 2001. This has allowed for significant Inter-Governmental Consultations (IGCs) through the identification of areas of co-operation as well as areas of improvement. German Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel visited India from October 31 to November 1, 2019, to attend the fifth edition of bilateral Intergovernmental Consultations (IGC). The recent IGC came on the heels of the 60th anniversary of the development partnership in 2018. The past few years have also seen several new bilateral agreements, spanning infrastructure and transportation, manufacturing, clean energy, skill development, water, and sanitation, among others. 

As a mark of improving ties, Germany has invested in various sectors in India namely the services sector, automobiles, electrical equipment, transportation, metallurgical industries, construction, and chemicals among others. India has also made investments in the German IT, biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and automotive sectors. 

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