The Indian government today unveiled the e-SHRAM online portal to keep track of workers in the unorganized sector. Union Minister for Labour and Employment Bhupender Yadav launched the webpage. The objective behind the platform is the integration of social security schemes of the government.
After last year's immigration issue during the COVID-19 lockdown, the Narendra Modi-led government announced this national database for unorganized workers. On August 24, Minister for Labour and Employment Bhupender Yadav presented the logo for the E-Shram platform.
"Targeted identification of the unorganized workers was a much-needed step and the portal which will be the national database of our nation builders, our Shram Yogis, will help take welfare schemes to their doorstep, who are the builders of our nation," Yadav had said on the logo launch event.https://www.youtube.com/embed/
"Targeted delivery and last-mile delivery, has been a major focus of the schemes of government of India under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the National Database of Unorganised workers (E-Shram portal) is another key step towards that and will be a game-changer for the social security of millions of unorganized workers," the Labour Minister added.
According to media reports, workers would be registered on the portal with the help of the Labour Ministry, state governments, trade unions, and CSCs. Awareness campaigns would be established around the country for this purpose, allowing for nationwide worker registration.
The e-SHRAM Portal intends to serve as a single point of contact for authorities, allowing them to reach out to and track unorganized workers while also providing support in times of crisis. The government wants to register 38 million unorganized laborers, such as construction workers, migrant workers, street sellers, and domestic workers.
"For the first time in the history of India, a system is being made to register 38 crore unorganised workers. It will not only register them but would also be helpful in delivering various social security schemes being implemented by the central and state governments.
"The portal will prove to be a huge boost for the last-mile delivery of services," Yadav said.
Workers in the unorganized sector can begin their registration on the same day as the portal is launched. They can register using his/her Aadhaar card number and bank account details, apart from filling in other necessary details like date of birth, home town, mobile number, and social category. A national toll-free helpline, 14434, has also been introduced to encourage and answer questions from workers who are interested in registering on the portal.
Upon successful registration, the workers will be issued an e-SHRAM card containing a 12 digit unique number. The details of the workers will also be shared by state governments and departments.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has sanctioned a Rs 2 lakh accidental insurance cover for every unorganized worker registered on the e-SHRAM platform, according to the Labour Minister. If a worker who has registered on the platform is involved in an accident, he or she will be eligible for the amount owed in the event of death or permanent disability, as well as Rs 1 lakh in the case of partial disability.
All trade union leaders expressed their full support for the e-Shram portal's effective launch and deployment. The Union Minister praised the union leaders for their insightful and constructive proposals, emphasizing that they play a critical role in facilitating faster registration, field implementation, and reaching out to unorganized employees.