A meeting cum awareness programme on e-SHRAM portal (National Database of Unorganised Workers) was organised by the Labour department at Yojana Bhavan, Secretariat today.
The eShram portal is a national level electronic database recently launched by the union labour & employment ministry for registering unorganized workers like homemakers, self-employed persons, farmers, domestic helps, MGNREGA workers, anganwadi workers, and others.
The database will also help the government in policy and programme making for the unorganised workers and also track their movement from informal to formal sector and vice-versa, their occupation, skill development etc. More importantly, central and state governments will be provided with a comprehensive database for tackling any National Crises like COVID-19 in future.
Addressing the gathering, Labour minister, Sanbor Shullai highlighted the benefits of getting oneself registered in the eShram portal and called stakeholders to encourage and facilitate the registration of the unorganised workers which will help in securing their future. He said besides awareness programmes at the locality level, the department will also establish more Common Service Centres to help the common people.
Labour Principal Secretary, GHP Raju informed that during the 2020 lockdown out of the 2,44,000 migrant workers who submitted their names for Government benefits, due to incorrect submission of data and challenges of physically verifying the data provided, only 1,44,000 received government aid to the tune of Rs. 2100 each.
In order to ensure that people benefit from the government scheme, he reiterated the need for unorganised workers to register their names on the e-SHRAM portal and called upon the traditional bodies, NGOs etc to work with the Government in achieving the goal of registering 9,50,000 workers by the end of this month.
The programme was attended by members of the dorbar shnongs, village councils, CCMTs and welfare committees.