West Bengal Labour Department introduces Samajik Suraksha Yojana, 2017 for unorganised workers
With a view to integrate and cover common benefits to all workers of unorganized sector, the Department of Labour, Government of West Bengal (“State Department”) has introduced a consolidated Social Security Scheme named Samajik Suraksha Yojana, 2017 (“Scheme”).
The Government of West Bengal had earlier launched a number of Social security schemes for the workers of the unorganised sector, which aimed at providing these workers with a degree of income security when faced with the contingencies of old age, survivorship, incapacity, disability, bringing up children, gender disparity, curative or preventive medical care and empowerment.
The Scheme is applicable to the following:
(a) wage earners which includes a self-employed person who is in the Unorganised Sector as has been listed out in Part A and Part B of the Schedule (attached herewith).
(b) Unorganised workers who are already registered under erstwhile State Assisted Scheme of Provident Fund for Unorganised Workers (SASPFUW), West Bengal Building & Other Construction Welfare (WBB&OCW) Scheme & West Bengal Transport Workers Social Security (WBTWSS).
However, the Construction Workers and Transport workers who are already enrolled under WBB&OCW Board and WBTWSSS may continue to avail benefit/s under their respective scheme but to the extent as provided in the WBB&OCW scheme and WBTWSS as amended.
The key highlights of the Scheme are as follows:
- In order to be eligible to apply for registration and getting benefits under the scheme a beneficiary should conform to the following criteria
(a) He or She must be a resident of West Bengal.
(b) He or She should be between 18-60 years of age.
(c) His or Her family income should not exceed Rs. 6, 500/- per month except construction & transport workers. For construction & transport workers family income has no upper limit.
(d) The period for calculation of average family income will be 12 months prior to the month in which application is made.
- The existing Samajik Mukti Card (SMC), Registration number and Pass Book issued to unorganised workers is valid for the purpose of this Scheme.
- The Scheme has laid down the procedure to register by making an application in Form – I to the Inspectors under the Labour Commissionerate or any other Officer authorised by the Labour Commissioner.
- Benefits under the Scheme comprise of the following:
(a) Provident Fund.
(b) Health treatment facilities to the unorganized worker registered under this Scheme.
(c) Compensation in case of death.
(d) Financial assistance to the children of beneficiaries who pursue higher studies (for the beneficiaries registered for atleast one year).
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Source: Labour Department, Government of West Bengal