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Unorganised sector workers in Assam to get identity cards
The Assam State Labour and Employment Department will provide identity cards to offer financial assistance to construction workers, street vendors, women labourers and daily wage earners. A family pension scheme is also in the pipeline.

Guwahati: A street vendor or a construction worker in Assam would soon have his or her own Identity card entitling them for financial incentives from state government.

The State Labour And Employment Department has taken up a scheme to provide Identity cards to offer financial assistance for people in the unorganised sector.

“Thousands of people are working in unorganised sector but there are no official data about the number of people. As a result it becomes difficult to offer financial assistance. Keeping this mind we have decided to offer Identity Cards to people in the unorganised sector,” sources in the Department said.

The department has asked all Assistant Labour Inspectors across the state to offer Identity Cards to people working as construction workers, street vendors, women labours and daily wage earners.

Under the welfare scheme worked out for the people in the unorganised sector, ex-gratia payment of Rs 50, 000 will be offered in case of casulty while on duty and assistance of Rs 200-Rs 1000 for treatment of those sustaining injuries. A family pension scheme has also being worked and an amount of Rs 50,000 will be offered as loan for construction of house.

“We first want the people in the unorganised sector to enroll themselves with the department and help in preparing a database in each district. Then we will offer the incentives as per the welfare scheme,” a source said.

A monthly pension of Rs 150 will be offered to retired labourer in the unorganised sector.

“A physically challenged labour will be given assistance of Rs 5,000 and Rs 150 per month as pension. A financial assistance of Rs 500, Rs 750 and Rs 1000 will be given to the meritorious children of the poor unorganised sector parents. Besides Rs 2000 will be given for marriage of girls under the scheme,” the source said.

Those working in construction sector as masons or other will be given Rs 5000 as assistance to buy equipments, added the official.

Source: iGovernment