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New Delhi : D P S  Negi, Chief Labour Commissioner (Central), on September 11, 2021, met the top management of Mathura Refinery, IOCL, BPCL, HPCL, PGCIL,GAIL, senior officers from SBI, PNB, BOB & Arabrat and Trade Union leaders and also had media interactions here to sensitise them about the features and benefits of the recently launched e-SHRAM portal for creating a national database of unorganised sector workers.

Ministry of Labour & Employment, in technical collaboration with NIC, has developed an e-SHRAM portal for online registration of unorganised workers for creation of a comprehensive National Database of Unorganised Workers (NDUW) seeded with Aadhaar. This game changer initiative was launched and handed over to the States/UTs by the Union Minister of Labour & Employment and Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Bhupender Yadav on August 26, 2021, according to a PIB release.

This centralised database of unorganised workers will be prepared in cooperation with the State Governments. Senior management of Mathura Refinery also made the detailed presentation on Industrial relations at Refinery which was found very satisfactory.

Negi urged the trade union leaders to lend their unflinching support in facilitating the portal registration of unorganised workers in the State. He informed that in an unprecedented measure taken by the Government for the welfare of unorganised sector workers, the e-SHRAM portal will provide for free registration of more than 38 crore Unorganised Workers in the country and will aid the delivery of the social security schemes to them.

This portal will cater to all unorganised sector workers including Construction Workers, Migrant Workers, Gig and Platform workers, Street Vendors, Domestic Workers, Agriculture Workers, Milkmen, Fishermen, Truck Drivers etc. “Each registered worker will be given an e-SHRAM card with unique Universal Account Number (UAN) which will allow him/her to access the benefits of the various social security schemes through this Card across the country and will aid the delivery of the social security schemes, Negi stated.

Negi highlighted that the centralised nature of the database will ensure the access of the benefits across the country by building in the portability of social security and welfare benefits required for the workers like the construction workers and migrant workers. In addition to this, there is also a provision of Rs 2 lakh Accidental Insurance cover for every registered unorganised worker on e-SHRAM Portal.  If a worker is registered on the e-SHRAM portal and meets with an accident, he will be eligible for Rs 2 lakh on death or permanent disability and Rs 1 lakh on partial disability.

While interacting with mediapersons and Trade Unions, Negi also underscored the role of State Governments in creating this database of unorganised workers. “The States/UTs will own their data and the State/ UT Governments will primarily mobilise and register the unorganised sector workers of their respective State/UTs on the e-SHRAM Portal and this data can be utilised by the State/UT Governments for delivery of various social security schemes to unorganised workers as per eligibility,”  he stated.

Negi said that given the huge presence of unorganised workers ( Direct&Indirect) in the refinery, Petro companies & Nationalised Banks all out efforts should be made by respective managements to facilitate their registration on the portal at the earliest so that they can derive the benefits.