Niti Aayog Constitutes Sub-Group To Prepare A Plan For Migrant Workers: Santosh Gangwar

The NITI Aayog has constituted a sub-group to prepare a National Action Plan for Migrant Workers, labour minister Santosh Kumar Gangwar mentioned.

“The sub-group, which comprises members from various ministries, experts, NGOs and civil society organisations, will prepare a tangible action plan to address issues related to migrant workers,” Gangwar mentioned in response to a query in Lok Sabha on Monday.

The Central authorities had enacted the Inter-state Migrant Workmen (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service) Act, 1979. This Act has now been subsumed within the Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions Code, 2020 which has been notified in final September.

“The OSH Code provides for decent working conditions, minimum wages, grievances redressal mechanisms, protection from abuse and exploitation, enhancement of the skills and social security to all categories of organised and unorganised workers including migrant workers,” Gangwar mentioned.

The Code is relevant to each institution wherein 10 or extra inter-state migrant employees are employed or have been employed on any day of the previous 12 months.

The nationwide lockdown imposed final 12 months to stop the unfold of pandemic left thousands and thousands of migrant employees in India with out work. Consequently over 65 lakh of them moved again to their rural houses within the absence of labor, meals and shelter in industrial cities.

Further, the Labour Bureau beneath the ministry of Labour Bureau, will quickly kick-start an All India Survey on Migrant employees. “An expert group has been constituted by the government of India to examine and finalize the schedules, sampling design and other technical details of the aforesaid survey,” minister Gangwar mentioned.

Commenting on the Aatmanirbhar Bharat Rozgar Yojana, minister Gangwar mentioned the scheme will cut back the monetary burden of the employers of assorted sectors or industries together with MSME and can encourage them to rent extra employees.

Under ABRY, the federal government of India is bearing each the staff’ share (12% of wages) and employers’ share (12% of wages) of contribution payable or solely the staff’ share, relying on employment energy of the EPFO registered institutions.

The scheme has commenced from October 1 2020 and shall stay open for registration of eligible employers and new workers upto June 30, 2021 with the federal government paying subsidy for two years from the date of registration.

The scheme will price the federal government Rs 22810 crore between 2020 and 2023.

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