(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
August 29, 2010
Comprehensive Social Security
Scheme for Transport Workers
and construction workers, the Left Front government of West
Bengal has recently launched a comprehensive social security scheme for
workers of transport sector, which is the first of its kind and unique
Although the UPA government had taken the step to form the National Commission of Enterprises in the Unorganised Sector (NCEUS) with Arjun Sengupta as its chairman, back in September 2004, nothing concrete has been done so far by the union government for the social security of workers of unorganised sector.
at the initiative of the Left Front government of
Under the Revised Integrated Housing Scheme for Beedi Workers, (2005) taken up by the ministry of labour and employment, government of India, an amount of Rs 40,000 is given as subsidy to the individual beedi worker of this state for construction of dwelling houses. In response to that, the state government also pays an amount of Rs 10,000 per tenement as uniform subsidy and another Rs 2500 per tenement for electrification of their houses. A state 'Assisted Health Scheme' has also been introduced to the unorganised sector workers of the state registered under the Provident Fund scheme but not covered by the social security scheme for Beedi Workers, transport workers and construction workers.
Under the scheme for transport sector workers, launched recently, each worker will get a pension on monthly basis after retirement from 60 years of age till his death. But in case of disability of permanent nature caused by an accident, the worker will be entitled to get the pension since the occurrence of the accident. Apart from this, in case of accidental death, the family of the worker will receive a sum of Rs 1 lakh as financial assistance under the scheme.
Among other facilities and support provided by this scheme include
So far as the
magnitude of poverty and dimension of the vulnerability of
the workers of unorganised sectors are concerned, the scenario is more
the same across