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Over 40 million register on e-Shram portal: Minister

Over 40 million unorganised workers have registered on the e-Shram portal in less than two months’of its launch with highest enrollment from agriculture and construction sector workers, the labour ministry said.

“As per the data, 40.9 million workers have registered on the portal. Of these around 50.02% beneficiaries are female and 49.98% are male,” the ministry said on Sunday.

“By registering on the portal, the unorganized workers will be able to get the benefits of government schemes easily,” labour and employment minister Bhupender Yadav said in a tweet.

According to the labour ministry, Odisha, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Madhya Pradesh are the states with the highest number of enrollments. “Smaller states and union territories (UTs) understandably have a lesser number of registered workforce. Hence, these numbers should be seen in that context,” it said, adding the drive to enroll unorganised workers needs to gain momentum in states and UTs such as Meghalaya, Manipur, Manipur, Goa and Chandigarh.

Further, the largest number of workers registered is from agriculture and construction, given the sheer volume of these two sectors in employment generation in India, it said. Besides, workers from diverse and different occupations like domestic and household workers, apparel sector workers, automobile and transport sector workers, electronics and hardware workers, capital goods workers, education, healthcare, retail, tourism and hospitality, food industry and many more have registered at this portal.

“Around 65.68% of these registered workers are in the age group of 16-40 years and 34.32% are in the age group of 40 years and above,” it said, adding that 43% of those enrolled include other backward castes (OBCs) and 27% general castes while 23% and 7% are from scheduled castes and scheduled tribes respectively.

While the majority of the enrollment (77%) are through the common service centres, in certain states like Kerala and Goa as well as Meghalaya and Manipur and the union territories of Dadra & Nagar Haveli, Andaman & Nicobar and Ladakh, a greater proportion of individuals have self-registered on the portal.

As per the statement, the minister and the top officials of the labour ministry have been holding several interactions with the unorganised workers and leaders of trade union and media to sensitize them about the features and benefits of the e-SHRAM portal, so as to encourage the workers to register themselves through available modes and take the benefits of several social security and welfare schemes.


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