Workers in Unorganised Sector

A SHAKTI VAHINI RESEARCH INITIATIVE

The National Social Security Board constituted in the Ministry of Labour & Employment made recommendations for providing basic minimum social security cover in the form of life and disability insurance, health and maternity benefit and old age pension to all unorganised workers/occupational groups in a phased manner.

As a follow up, the Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY) has been extended to building & other construction workers, licensed railway porters, vendors and hawkers, who are from the unorganised sector and are socially challenged and street vendors. The Government is planning to extend the scheme to such Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Scheme (MNREGS) workers who have completed 15 days or more during previous financial year, beedi workers and also to unorganized sector workers in hazardous mining and associated industries like slate and slate pencil, dolomite, mica and asbestos etc. The Government has constituted Task Force for suggesting social security schemes for (i) domestic workers (ii) street vendors, rickshaw pullers, auto rickshaw/taxi drivers & rag pickers and (iii) sanitation workers and leather workers. The Task Force for Domestic workers in its first report has recommended extension of health insurance scheme, namely, Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY) to domestic workers in first phase. The proposal is under consideration of the Government.

This information was given by Shri Mallikarjun Kharge, Minister for Labour And Employment in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today.

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