Centre plans database of workers in unorganised sector: Labour minister

  • Vishal Joshi, Hindustan Times, Ghraunda (Karnal)
  • Updated: Aug 23, 2014 08:56 IST

Aimed at extending benefits of social security, the Centre is contemplating to prepare a national database of workers engaged in the unorganised industries.

Union minister of labour and employment Narendra Singh Tomar told reporters here on Friday that the NDA government was sensitive to the issues of the employees of the unorganised sector and soon an extensive programme would be initiated for the welfare of workers.

“Workers in the unorganised handloom and other alike units in Panipat and other places of India have their own set of problems. But in the absence of an official data, it is difficult to provide welfare schemes on the basis of the workers engaged in different unorganised units and this sector in enormous,” said Tomar, who was here to convene meeting of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of Gharaunda assembly constituency.

As per the strategy of the BJP for the poll-bound Haryana, the union ministers have been assigned assembly constituencies to boost the morale of the party cadre at the booth level.

The union minister said that once there was a comprehensive databank, the need-based social security programmes could be planned for them.

However, he said that the workers of the unorganised sector could avail the benefits from Swablamban Yojna for pension and few health programmes.

He said that labour ministry had chalked out plans to weed out corruption from the existing inspector raj to ensure that rights of workers were not compromised with at any stage.

“We are in the process of digitising details of the factories and soon the decisions of raids or inspections would be decided by a computerised system. Under the plan, the inspecting official will have to put the details of the inspection online,” he said.

Tomar said that under the skill development programmes, the Centre has proposed to bring amendments in the Apprenticeship Act.

“Presently, around 4 lakh apprentices entered various industries and soon, the number would be increased by 23 lakh in which graduates, diploma holders, ITI passouts and others would be eligible to adopt any particular trade,” said the minister.

Tomar, who also heads the portfolios of steel and mines, said that the BJP-led NDA government was working to bring more transparency and amendments in the ministries.


The union minister said that performance of the BJP in the recent Lok Sabha elections confirmed its mass support base in Haryana and claimed the party would emerge as the single largest party in the state to form the next government.

Tomar said that the central leadership had the prerogative to decide on alliance with the Haryana Janhit Congress.

“I can’t comment on whether or not the BJP should announce the CM candidate. It will be decided by the high command in consultation with the state leadership,” he said.


Countering the allegations of the Congress that the BJP workers were involved in jeering CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Kaithal on August 19, he said the public was actually cheering for the PM.

“These allegations are misplaced. Janta ne Hooda ke khilaf nahin, apne priya neta Narendra Modi ke prashansha mein naare lagaye the. Log unko (Modi) sunna chahte the aur Hooda Ji Modi ji se pehle bhashan dene aaye the. Hooda ji ki jagah agar mein bhi hota, to logon ka reaction aisa hi hota. Afterall, log to Modi ko sun-ne hi aaye the”.

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