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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Plight of Labourers Working in Unorganised Sector :

The Government is committed to providing social security to unorganized workers. Recognizing the need of providing social security to these workers, the Government has enacted the Unorganised Workers’ Social Security Act, 2008. The Act provides for constitution of National Social Security Board to recommend social security schemes viz life and disability cover, health maternity benefits, old age protection and any other benefit as may be determined by the Government for unorganized workers.
The Government launched the Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana for BPL families ( a unit of five) in organized sector on 01.10.2007. The scheme became operational from 01.04.2008. Under the scheme, smart card based cashless health insurance cover of Rs. 30,000/- per family per annum on a family floater basis is provided. Also, more than 2.4 crore families have been covered under the scheme as on 31.07.2011.
To provide death and disability cover to rural landless households between the age group of the 18 to 59 years, the Government launched the “Aam Admi Bima Yojana” on 02.10.2007 More than 1.78 crore lives have been covered under the scheme as on 31.07.2011
Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension scheme provides for old age pension of Rs. 200 per month to persons above the age of 60 years and for the persons above the age of 80 years the amount of pension has been raised to Rs. 500 per month.
The Government is implementing various other social security schemes/ programmes for workers in the unorganised sector, such as Swarnjayanti Gram Swarojgar Yojana, Swarn Jayanti Shahari Rojgar Yojana, Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Programme, Mahatama Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, 2005, Handloom Weavers’ comprehensive Welfare Schemes, Handicraft Artisans’ comprehensive Welfare Schemes, Pension to Mastercraftspersons, National Scheme for Welfare of Fishermen and Training and Extension, Janani Surkasha Yojana, National Family Benefits Scheme, Janshree Bima Yojana, New Pension Schemes (Swavalamban scheme) through various Ministries/ Departments.
The Government has constituted Welfare Fund to provide welfare measures to the beedi workers and their family members. These include health care, housing assistance, education to children and group insurance etc.
This information was given by the Union Labour & Employment Minister Shri Mallikarjun Kharge in the Rajya Sabha today in Reply to a written question whether Government is aware of the plight of labourers working in unorganised sector; the details thereof and the action taken to improve their condition; and formulation of any social security scheme and other welfare schemes for their upliftment.
Source : PIB Release, August 24, 2011

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