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‘Samajik Mukti’ smart cards for workers in unorganised sector

| | Updated on: Jun 29, 2012

The cards would help workers across the State get benefits such as hospitalisation, accidental death cover, pension, and children’s education.

The West Bengal Government is likely to give out ‘Samajik Mukti’ cards to 30 lakh workers in unorganised sector across the State to ensure social benefits.

To be made on the lines of a smart card, the Samajik Mukti cards would help such workers across the State get benefits such as hospitalisation, accidental death cover, pension, and children’s education.

“We hope to start the process of distributing Samajik Mukti cards to nearly 30 lakh unorganised labourers in a month’s time,” Mr Indranil Sengupta, Joint Secretary, State Labour Department, said here on Friday. He was attending a seminar on online Employees’ State Insurance Corporation services organised by Indian Chamber of Commerce.

Earlier on February 25, the Chief Minister, Ms Mamata Banerjee, announced that her Government would issue these smart cards to unorganised workers in the state.

Addressing the seminar, Mr Sengupta said the Government was planning to introduce many other schemes for this sector.

Online services

The State Labour Department is also mulling over a plan to offer online services to the unorganised sector workers. Under this plan, details of health and other benefits availed by these workers can be checked.

According to the State Government officials, these workers can avail online facilities through a ‘common service centre’ to be located in Kolkata. This apart, the Government might open such centres in all the districts.

Published on June 29, 2012

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