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Rajeev Charak distributes e-Shram Cards to unorganised workers in Bahu Fort area

Jammu, November 24 (Scoop News)-District Mahila Morcha Finance Secretary Bharati Sagotra organise e-Shram Cards distribution programme in Ward No No 47 Bahu Fort, Jammu in which Jammu Kashmir Bhartiya Janta party leader Kr Rajeev Charak distributed e-Shram Cards to unorganized workers in Bahu Fort area today. The Charak handed over the cards in person to 150 workers, who would now be able to avail the benefits of government schemes, wherever they are in the country.
While Speaking on the occasion, Kr Charak explained that the Labour Ministry is entrusted with the responsibility of addressing the problems faced by workers in the unorganized sector as well as implementing government schemes intended for their welfare.
Charak added At the same time, the Ministry is also engaged in ensuring fair working conditions for the workers, by shaping the evolution of labour laws at the international level.
Speaking about the evolution of labour laws in the country, Kr Charak said that multiplicity of laws has led to a situation where the workers are not aware where exactly applications for matters such as uniform wages, payment of wages and industrial disputes are to be submitted. “Multiple labour laws have different safety standards for workers in different sectors. Considering the demands of the workers for many years, Govt. of India transformed the multiple labour laws into four Labour Codes.”
Kr Rajeev Charak said that the government brought in gender justice into the Labour Code, with the provision of similar wages for similar work for both man and woman.
Kr. Charak added that three Acts of Industrial Disputes Act. Trade Unions Act and Industrial Employment (Standing Orders) Act have now been replaced by Industrial Relations Code, 2020. Occupational Safety Code has been brought in for safety of workers, he added. “Besides this, workers need social protection, this is the responsibility of government and society. Hence, government brought in a Social Security Code, in line with the Prime Minister’s vision.”
Kr. Charak said that ESIC COVID-19 Relief Scheme is one of the most significant steps taken to provide social security for workers in the unorganized sector. Under this scheme, periodic payment @ 90% of average wages of deceased insured worker is paid to the eligible dependents of the insured worker who died due to COVID-19.
The Social Security Code has been implemented in ESIC institutions in more than 500 districts of the country,
Kr. Charak said, stating that pan India implementation of the Code will bring huge benefits to the sector. “The Code has been linked with Ayushman Yojana and automatic referral system too has been introduced in ESIC hospitals. Ministry of labour is regularly monitoring the implementation of these schemes, so that govt. able to take care of the welfare of their workers.”
Speaking on the e-Shram portal, Kr. Charak expressed the desire that every worker in unorganized sector should get registered on the portal. “Registration is necessary, so that govt know how many workers are there in each trade. More than 400 trades have already been represented on the portal. Govt want everyone to register so that every worker including those who perform very small work is able to avail the benefits of government schemes. Moreover, those who register on the portal now are eligible to get insurance up to Rs. 2 lakh.”
Kr. Rajeev Charak said that the portal envisages that data is collected and available on even the very last person on the street. “Government has asked the Labour Department to conduct surveys on migrant labourers and another one on domestic workers. A new and third quarterly institution-based survey is slated to be out soon, which will give a picture of workforce trends in major sectors of the nation. This will thus enable govt to evolve our labour policy accordingly, based on sound data.”
While speaking on the occasion JKUT Vice President BJP Anuradha Charak said that around 38 crore unorganised workers are estimated to be present in the country. Out of this, approximately 2 crore unorganised workers have registered in the e-SHRAM portal till date, since the launch of the portal
Anuradha Charak said that the portal has given unorganised workers a distinct identity and recognition. “Earlier, govt. did not have any means to provide benefits to unorganised workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, since govt. did not have data on them. But now, the e-Shram Card will serve as a single card to avail government benefits across the country, it will be One Nation One Card.”
Anuradha Charak said that state governments, local self-governments, PSUs, app-based services employing gig workers, employers of unorganised sector will also have a big role in making the portal a success.
Anuradha Charak said that, in line with the Prime Minister’s governance philosophy of Sabka Saath, Sabka Vishwas, Sabka Prayaas, trust of the workers and the efforts of all stakeholders are required in order to take the mission forward.
Other Who were present in the programme were included Darshan Kumar State Office Secretary JKBJYM, Kamal Dev, Tikka Devi, Hari Charan, Sanyogita Devi & others.



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