India: social security plans for unregistered workers

Speaking at an interactive session organised by the Indian Chamber of Commerce, the Union Labour and Employment secretary, Ms Sudha Pillai, said: “After the necessary amendments are carried out, these unregistered workers would be able to receive benefits under the Government social security schemes.”

According to Ms Pillai, employers, at times, do not disclose the exact number of employees on payroll to avoid labour law complexities. Stating that the proposed amendment to the Labour Laws (Exemption from Furnishing Returns and Maintaining Registers by Certain Establishments) Act of 1988 was pending before Parliament since 2005, she sought the support of trade unions in this regard.

Unions’ Opposition
The trade unions affiliated to CITU and INTUC have been opposing the amendment on the ground that this was nothing but a form of rooting for a kind of self-certification in the disguise of a pro-labour amendment.

Increase threshold
The Ministry has proposed to increase the employee threshold limit from 19 to 40 for bringing more units under the cover of mandatory statutory benefits clauses.  “By increasing the threshold limit, the employer will be allowed to maintain only two registers on computer and send only one return via email. This will bring down paperwork and will also simplify the process, bringing in larger a number of workers under the social security net.”

Target Cover
The Government has set itself a target to cover 1.6 crore workers in 2008-09 under the social security scheme for below poverty line workers and is looking to introduce it at a later stage. The health insurance scheme ‘Rashtrya Swasthya Bima Yojna’, launched in October 2007, is expected to be rolled out in April 2008, Ms Pillai added. (The Hindu Business Line)

links: labour standards in India


1 Response to “India: social security plans for unregistered workers”

  1. 1 renata naiane February 11, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    hola. me ajudem..
    eu começei a trabalhar em dezembro e agora eu descubri que eu estou gravida, mas o problema que minha carteira não ta assinada.
    e eles so vão assinar em março.
    eu quero saber se eles podem me demitir e quais são os meu direitos se eu tiver algum??????????????

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