(GIST OF YOJANA) Social Security for Workers in Informal Sector-June-2017
In order to provide social security benefits to the workers in the
unorganised sector, the Government has enacted the Unorganised Workers' Social
Security Act, 2008. The 2008 Act stipulates formulation of suitable welfare
schemes for unorganised workers on matters relating to: (i) life and disability
cover, (ii) health and maternity benefits, (iii) old age protection. The social
security schemes being implemented by various ministries/departments for
unorganised workers listed in Schedule I are mentioned below:
i. Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension Scheme (Ministry of Rural
Development); ii. National Family Benefit Scheme (Ministry of Rural
Development); iii. Janani Suraksha Yojana (Ministry of Health and Family
Welfare); iv. Handloom Weavers' Comprehensive Welfare Scheme (Ministry of
Textiles); v. Handicraft Artisans' Comprehensive Welfare Scheme (Ministry of
Textiles ); vi. Pension to Master Craft Persons (Ministry of Textiles ); vii.
National Scheme for Welfare of Fishermen and Training and Extension (Department
of Animal Husbandry, Dairying & Fisheries); viii. Aam Aadmi Bima Yojana
(Department of Financial Services); and ix. Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana
(Ministry of Health and Family Welfare).
Further, Central Government has also launched the AtaI Pension Yojana,
Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana and Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana
for all citizens especially targeting unorganised workers to provide them
comprehensive social security.