GUWAHATI: An Awareness campaign cum distribution ceremony of e-SHRAM Card was organised on 16-11-2021 at the ESIC Hospital, Beltola, Guwahati under the guidance of Hon'ble Minister of State (MoS) for Labour and Employment, Govt. of India, Shri Rameswar Teli.
The Ministry of Labour & Employment, Govt. of India has launched a new portal named e-SHRAM portal on 26th August 2021 for the welfare of unorganised workers who are not covered under the social security schemes like PF & ESIC. There are 38 Crore unorganized workers who will be registered on e-SHRAM Portal.
The e- SHRAM card containing 12-digit Unique Identification Number (UAN) number will be acceptable across the country. All registered unorganized workers will be provided the Accidental Insurance Coverage of through PMSBY for a year. Rs 2 lakh for accidental death and permanent disability and Rs. 1 lakh for partial disability. Social security benefits of unorganized workers will be delivered through this portal. In case of any pandemic/ calamities like Covid-19, it will be helpful for State & Central Government to provide assistance to eligible unorganized workers.
This e-SHRAM portal coverage is for over 150 kinds of workers like the construction workers, migrant workers, street vendors, domestic workers, milkmen, truck drivers, fishermen, agriculture workers and similar other workers
The main objective of this programme was to create awareness amongst the unorganised workers about the benefits and importance of e-SHRAM Card. Three CSC counters were created to facilitate the beneficiaries for registration in the e-SHRAM portal. The ceremonial distribution of the e-SHRAM Card to nine beneficiaries was done by the Minister of State. Shri Teli also spoke about the importance of the e-SHRAM portal for unorganised sector workers and adviced the government authorities to mobilised the workers for registration.
Shammi J Tigga, Regional Labour Commissioner (C), Guwahati and officials of EPFO and ESIC had attended the programme. Mr. Tigga said that it is very essential for all unorganized workers to get registered in the e-SHARAM portal and boost our nation for creation of national data base of unorganised workers. In the coming days all state/central government schemes i.e. social security schemes, housing schemes, gas subsidies, ONORC etc will be linked with the e-SHRAM portal. All schemes will be delivered to the beneficiaries through this portal and those UWs who do not register themselves in this portal may be deprived of the benefits of government schemes.
Notably, nine people, who got the cards, are from various unorganised sectors like poultry keeper, mixed crop agriculture labourers, taxi drivers, rickshaw drivers, farmworkers and domestic workers, who are being helped by Guwahati based not for profit organisation, Injot Trust.
Baronika Bara, a domestic cook, had brought an Adivasi Gamcha for the Minister of State, Shri Teli. While speaking to media, she expressed her excitement of meeting the minister who spoke to her in her Sadri language and was very hopeful about the benefits and security which she may avail through the E-SHRAM registration.
On the other hand, Anil Prasad, a rickshaw driver from Amsing Jorabat felt optimistic about the registration drive from the government and mentioned he and his family had suffered tremendously during the COVID-19 pandemic but he was hopeful of getting help and support from the government because of this registration in the future.