Database on migrant labours and other unorganised sector workers may be ready by June

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Source: The Indian Express| Edited by : Shivani

A proper and extensive database for migrants and other unorganised sector workers is hoped to be made available by May-June next year.

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The Labour and Employment Ministry has sought help from other ministries to build a new database for migrant workers and others in the unorganised sector.

The government is planning to check out the existing databases of schemes such as Mahatma National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme and One Nation, One Ration Card, along with data from Employees’ State Insurance Corporation and Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation, to create a unique registration for migrant workers.

Labour Secretary Apurva Chandra recently told the media that the ministry has had  a couple of  meetings with NIC, which is developing the portal  and the process of interacting with the concerned ministries is going on.
“NIC has estimated an approximate timeline of six months to complete work on the portal”, he added.

“There are around 8-10 crore workers registered under NREGA. About 10-15 lakh would be gig and platform workers. One Nation, One Ration card is a big database, around 30-35 crore people under it. But many would be common between NREGA and One Nation, One Ration. So those would be duplications. Even gig and platform workers might have worked earlier in organised sectors with EPF contributions and so, there could be duplication. So, the de-duplication process will take some time,” Chandra further said.

The Ministry of Labour and Employment had in November released draft Rules for the Code which provide for Aadhaar-based registration, including self-registration by unorganised workers, gig workers and platform workers on the portal of the central government. The Rules also provide for Aadhaar-based registration of building and other construction workers on the specified portal of the central government and the state government or the State Welfare Board.

A a National Social Security Board is proposed under the Social Security Code, which will put forward the ideas for formulation of suitable schemes for different sections of unorganised workers, gig workers and platform workers to the central government.