Centre to apply Inter-State Migrant Workmen Act after 42 years - Workers working
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Centre to apply Inter-State Migrant Workmen Act after 42 years

Registration under the act ensures protection under the Labour Law relating to minimum wage, safety, accident coverage, and travel allowance.

The 1979 act has now been subsumed under new Labor Law, the Code on Occupational Safety, passed by Parliament last year.  The  Centre is now set to implement under a Supreme Court nod.

An additional benefit of the registration would be that during any crisis especially the pandemic, State Governments who are desirous of providing free rations or meals and other help to stranded migrants,  would be easily able to identify and reach them all.

After the Covid outbreak last year,  many migrants had been forced to stay back in big cities like Mumbai — where the unorganized sector workers faced some kind of hardships. 

This will give the Unorganized-sector workers a new hope for easy registration and availing of government welfare schemes, thanks to a June 29 directive from the Supreme Court.

The apex court — which had taken up the matter on its own —   voiced out the delay over the database and directed the labour ministry to finalize and implement the portal by the end of July.

Inter-State Migrant Workmen Act – Aadhaar-seeded National Database for Unorganized Workers

On July 19, the Centre told Parliament that an Aadhaar-seeded National Database for Unorganized Workers would become operational from August.

The ministry informed that a portal for the database in collaboration with the National Informatics Centre is being developed and a dry run and a security audit were underway.

The project is expected to commence the registration work by August 2021 after addressing all critical technical issues. Thereafter, the state governments are to populate the data on the portal by mobilizing the unorganized workers,” 

Workers will be able to register themselves free of cost at nearly 4 lakh “common service centers” and select post offices.

The apex court has also directed the enrolment of more beneficiaries under the National Food Security Act, which provides for up to 75 percent of rural people and 50 percent of urban residents to be brought under the subsidized food program.

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