In keeping with its promise in the National Common Minimum Programme, the government on Thursday decided to introduce a legislation to provide social security to workers in the unorganised sector on the first day of the Monsoon session of Parliament.
Besides providing for number of welfare schemes for these workers who constitute over 90 per cent of the 40 crore work force, the legislation would also enable setting up of a National Advisory Board to design, from time to time, suitable schemes for different sections of these workers, Information and Broadcasting Minister P R Dasmunsi said in the Capital.
"The bill will be introduced on the first day of the Monsoon Session" scheduled to start in July.
The decision, taken by the Union Cabinet under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, comes in the wake of persistent demands made by the Left parties for such legislation.
"It is revolutionary scheme, a key programme of the NCMP aimed at taking care of the most vulnerable sections of the unorganised sector workers and is based on the commitments of the prime minister and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi," Dasmunsi said.