Know about PM Modi's ambitious labour-friendly scheme

PM Narendra Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday launched the Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay Shramev Jayate Karyakram.

What is the scheme all about?

  • The scheme is aimed at creating a conducive environment for industrial development and doing business with ease.
  • At least four crore labourers are expected to benefit from this scheme.
  • Labourers will get Unique Labour Identification numbers (LIN) to facilitate their online registration. 

What has been launched?

  • Unified Labour Portal or 'Shram Suvidha' 
  • Transparent and accountable Labour Inspection Scheme
  • Universal Account Number (UAN) for Employees' Provident Fund members
  • Apprentice Protsahan Yojana
  • Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY) 

What Modi said at the event?

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that we needed to change our attitude towards labour.
  • He said, "In our country, white-collar jobs are given a lot of importance, but 'Shramev Jayate' is equally important as 'Satyameva Jayate'."

How it is important for workforce?

  • The UAN will allow collation of accounts and viewing of updated PF accounts. 
  • The UAN would be portable throughout the working careers of members and can be used anywhere in India.
  • The workers in the organised sector would not need to apply for a transfer of their PF account claim on changing jobs.

Labour Inspection scheme

  • Under the scheme, the labour inspectors will get auto-generated lists which will tell them where to go for inspection. 
  • The inspectors will have to upload their reports on to the portal within 72 hours of carrying out an inspection.
  • It will end the Inspector raj.
  • A computerised system will randomly send 1,800 labour inspectors on inspections to inspect companies, based on data and objective criteria.

LIN: Unified Labour Identification Number

  • The LIN will simplify business regulations and secure transparency and accountability in labour inspections.
  • This will be done by the agencies under the administrative control of labour Ministry.
  • The LIN web portal will operate through a unique LIN or Shram Pehchan Sankhya for each employer. 
  • The portal will provide for the e-filing of annual returns by employers.

Apprentice Protsahan Yojana
Under this, 50 per cent support for training in MSMEs will be provided by the labour ministry.

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