Indian Govt Issues 40 Crore Smart Cards to Workers in Unorganised Sector
Via a new initiative taken by Union Minister of State for Labour, Bandaru Dattatreya, the Central Government will issue 40 crore smart cards to workers in the unorganised sector in India.
At an event held as part of Good Governance Day, he said (source: DNA India), “We are concentrating on unorganised labourers consisting of 40 crore in the country. Shortly, we are going to launch a Social Security Card for all these unorganised workers with a U-WIN (Unorganised Worker Identification Number) card.”
“This government is committed to social security for workers. The smart cards would facilitate workers to receive benefit under various government welfare schemes. With this U-WIN smart card, we will provide Rashtriya Swasth Bima Yojana, Aam Aadmi Bima Yojana, and old age pension,” he added.
He went on to say, “Besides, Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Jan Suraksha Yojana, Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana and Atal Pension Yojana…all these schemes will also be converged into this smart card. The card would have portability and function anywhere for migrant workers,” he added.
“Another initiative launched recently was to take all the construction workers approximately 4.70 crore for providing them with ESIC and EPFO services,” the minister said, adding, “in coordination with the Skill Development Ministry we are going to provide employment to one crore people in next two years”.
Replying to a query, he further said, “Domestic women workers and migrant workers…we are going to give them social security coverage and provide portability card.” “With regard to a legislation for domestic workers, we are now examining to have a better policy for domestic women workers. It is under consideration and we are discussing and after getting a policy we will discuss on related issues with other ministries and then go for a legislation.”
This is definitely a big step forward for India’s development. We have a huge population that is hard to manage, and this step taken by Bandaru Dattatreya will definitely help in organising things, especially in the unorganised sector. We hope for more initiatives of this sort, for a brighter future for our Nation.
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