January 14, 2019
Bangla Govt to bring more unorganised sector workers under SSY
The State Labour Department is undertaking a massive awareness campaign to bring more workers from the unorganised sector under the ambit of Samajik Suraksha Yojana (Social Security Scheme).
At the Sramik Melas (Labour Fairs) being organised in all the districts of Bangla all through January, there will be camps for enrolment. The department will also conduct door-to-door campaigns.
According to the Labour Minister, more than 1 crore people have been brought under the SSY. The Trinamool Congress Government, in seven years (from 2011 to 2018) has allocated Rs 113 crore for the scheme. Compared to this, the Left Front Government, in the eleven years from 2000 to 2011, spent a meagre Rs 9 crore on similar schemes for unorganised sector workers.
It may be mentioned that the Trinamool Congress Government had merged five schemes into one in April 2017 and named the scheme as Samajik Suraksha Yojana. The convergence of the schemes has benefited people from different unorganised sectors and self-employed youths.
Under the scheme, unorganised workers are getting financial assistance of Rs 20,000 per annum for any ailment. The amount extends up to Rs 60,000 per annum in case of hospitalisation. There is also entitlement for provident fund after a worker attains the age of 60.