|05 July 2004|
|Ministry of Labour & Employment|
PROPOSAL FOR COMPREHENSIVE LEGISLATION FOR WELFARE OF UNORGANISED WORKERS UNDER GOVERNMENT’S CONSIDERATION
The proposal regarding enactment of a comprehensive legislation for the welfare of workers in the unorganised sector is under consideration of the Government. Disclosing this in a written reply in the Lok Sabha today, the Minister for Labour and Employment Shri Sis Ram Ola said that the category of workers proposed to be covered under it includes agricultural workers. He said that the earlier proposals regarding enactment of a central legislation for the welfare of agricultural labourers had been under consideration of the Government. But, due to lack of consensus among the state Governments on various components of the draft bill, the matter could not be processed further.
Shri Ola said that various measures initiated by the Government for the welfare of labourers in the unorganised sector include setting up of Welfare Funds for Beedi workers, certain non-coal mine workers and cine workers. He said that about 40 lakh beedi workers, 0.31 lakh cine workers and about 0.76 lakh non-coal mine workers and their families have been availing social security and other welfare benefits under these welfare funds.