Labour ministry to discuss social security issues
The Centre had constituted a working group to suggest ways for making available adequate social security benefits to workers, reports Gaurav Choudhury.business Updated: Aug 28, 2007 22:41 IST
The government has convened a meeting of industry representatives, trade union leaders and state government officials to discuss social security benefits to workers in both the unorganised and organised sectors.
The Centre had constituted a working group under the Union labour and employment ministry to suggest ways for making available adequate social security benefits to workers.
The second meeting of the group, scheduled for Friday, will discuss “second-order” type insecurities, including those emanating from conventional contingencies such as loss of employment, disability, old age, and death.
Officials of industry associations Assocham, CII, and Ficci and trade union representatives will attend the meeting.
The meeting is expected to discuss several key issues, including empowering the Centre to revise maternity benefit medical bonus from time-to-time, subject to a maximum of Rs 20,000.
Social security for unorganised sector, including inter-state migrant workers, will also come up for discussion.
According to the latest estimates of the National Sample Survey Organisation, unorganised sector constitutes about 94 per cent of the total workforce.