As an apex executive body of the ILO, the Governing Body decides policies, programmes, agenda, budget and elects the Director-General

After 35 years, India has become chairman of the Governing Body of International Labour Organization, marking a new chapter in the 100 years of productive relationship between India and ILO. The chairperson of the governing body of ILO is a position of international repute.

Apurva Chandra, Secretary (Labour and Employment) has been elected as the chairperson of the Governing Body of the International Labour Organization (ILO) for the period October 2020- June 2021.

The Governing Body (GB) is the apex executive body of the ILO which decides policies, programmes, agenda, budget and elects the Director-General. At present ILO has a total 187 members.

Apurva Chnadra 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 the government in removing the rigidities of the labour market besides making its intention clear about universalization of social security to all workers whether in organised or unorganised sectors.

Apurva Chandra belongs to the 1988 batch of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Maharashtra Cadre.

He has spent more than seven years in the Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas in the Government of India and worked for over four years between 2013 and 2017 as Principal Secretary (Industries) in the Government of Maharashtra.

He also worked in the Ministry of Defence as Director General (Acquisition) in 2017 with the mandate of strengthening the Indian Armed Forces by expediting the acquisition process.