Bangla committed to labour welfare

The Bangla Government, led by Mamata Banerjee, is committed to the welfare of labourers and workers in the State. Several schemes, such as Samajik Suraksha Yojana, have been launched.

Highlights of the Labour Welfare Department’s achievements

Samajik Suraksha Yojana

  • 5 social security schemes for unorganised labour merged into one scheme – Samajik Suraksha Yojana – for effective implementation (effective from April 1, 2017)
  • As of October 2018, 1.01 crore workers covered under the Samajik Mukti Card Scheme
  • Rs 1,274.29 crore disbursed as benefit to workersSpecial benefit for female students

The Labour Welfare Department introduced a first-of-its-kind benefit in India for female students for pursuing undergraduate course or equivalent skill development course, with the granting of benefit based on the condition of the girl remaining unmarried. This serves the twin goals of enabling higher education for girls and preventing their early marriage.

Medical benefits for unorganised sector workers

  • Medical benefits enhanced from Rs 10,000 to Rs. 20,000 per year
  • Medical benefits for surgery made uniform for all workers, at the rate of Rs 60,000 per year

Yuvashree Scheme & other payments

  • Govt has disbursed financial assistance of Rs 1,500 per month per person to 1 lakh jobseekers enrolled in the Employment Bank
  • Durga Puja and Eid ex-gratia payment made by the State Govt at the rate of Rs 1,000 per person per year
  • In financial year 2018-19, from April to October, 13,271 beneficiaries received a total of Rs 18.35 crore


Bengal takes the lead in employment generation

Over the last few years, Bangla has witnessed phenomenal growth under the leadership of Mamata Banerjee.

Here are the areas where Bangla has achieved immense success in terms of employment generation

1. Unemployment has reduced by 40%

2. Bengal ranks first in 100 Days’ Work with respect to man-day generation, where over 191 crore man-days have been generated

3. Significant increase in employment opportunities in all sectors where almost 1 crore people have become employed in 7.5 years

4. Under Utkarsha Bangla Scheme, almost 6 lakh youths receive skill training every year. The majority have also secured a job in their own profession

5. Yuvashree Scheme: Almost 1.70 lakh youths have received assistance under the Yuvashree Scheme
Under the Yuvashree 2 Arpan Scheme, 50,000 youths will be given financial assistance of Rs 1 lakh every year to start their own businesses

6. 528 Karmatirthas set up to create more employment opportunities

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