Union Minister Bandaru Dattatreya on Thursday informed the media about the central government’s plan to bring unorganised sector workers and the Anganwadi, ASHA and mid-day meal scheme’s women staff under the social security scheme. Dattatreya, who is the Union Minister of Labour and Employment said that following their inclusion in the social security schemes, these workers would also be able to reap the benefits under the Employees’ State Insurance Corporation scheme. Speaking to PTI, Dattatreya said that the ambit of the social security cover would be increased.
According to reports, the Union Minister of Labour and Employment was present in the Rajasthan’s capital to preside over a regional conference of labour ministers, principal secretaries of the western states. Addressing the conference, he said that women Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHA), Anganwadi and mid-day scheme workers would soon be provided with the benefits of the social security scheme.
Talking to the media, Dattatreya said that the central government had sanctioned 300 extra beds for the ESIC hospitals; Udaipur, Neemrana and Bikaner receive 100 beds each. The Union Minister further added that there would be complete up gradation of employment exchanges in Kota, Bikaner and Bharatpur and the state government would proceed to select three more of these employment exchanges. These exchanges would then be upgraded again by the Central government, the Union Minister said.