Social security to workers in informal sector in India

May 19th, 2008 - 8:01 pm ICT by admin  

New Delhi, May 19 (ANI): Minister of State for Labour and Employment Oscar Fernandes today said that the Government is committed to provide social security and social protection to all workers in the informal sector.

Speaking at the high-level meeting of the Asia Pacific Region on Social security here, Fernandes said that a conscious attempt has been made by the Government through the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS) which provides for at least 100 days of employment guarantee in a year to unemployed rural workers.

Fernandes specifically mentioned the Aam Aadmi Bima Yojna which provides for life and disability cover to all the rural landless households in the country and the Rashtriya Swasthaya Bima Yojna wherein the health cover would be provided to all the Below Poverty Line workers in the unorganized sector during the next five years.

Stating that around 300 million persons would get the benefit of this scheme, the Minister said that reaching out to such huge numbers in far flung area is a stupendous task and would test the capacity and capabilities of the insurance companies whose task is to sell this product which would also be our commitment for the cause.

The Minister also informed the delegates from the Asia-Pacific region that Government of India is making available foodgrains at highly subsidized rates to beneficiaries living below the poverty line and those coming under the category of poorest of the poor under the Targeted Public Distribution system.

The two-day conference has brought together representatives of governments, workers and employers from 21 Asia Pacific countries. It has been organised by the International Labour Organization (ILO) in collaboration with the Ministry of Labour and Employment. (ANI)

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