Central and state governments are working together to synchronize the database of informal sector workers registered on the e-Shram portal with social security schemes and Unnati, the government’s employment website, to help them find jobs. jobs corresponding to their profiles.
So far, around 8.43 crore of informal sector workers have registered their Aadhaar number on the e-Shram website. As the government tries to link worker profiles on e-Shram with Unnati, it hopes to get a clear picture of the actual number of migrant workers in the country once it hits the registration target of 38 crore.
The government has already announced the accident insurance link on the e-Shram portal.
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The Union Labor Ministry said on Sunday that the e-Shram portal had registered a constant number of registrations with around 8.43 workers from unorganized sectors having registered until November 20, 2021. The portal was operational on August 26, 2021.
While authorities initially struggled to identify the migrant workers, the issue has been put on hold for the time being. Once the registration process reaches its final stage, the government plans to analyze the data and research a worker’s home and work address. If the work address is outside the city of origin, a worker will be classified as a migrant worker.
The e-portal database will be further linked to Unnati in another six to eight weeks to help blue-collar and gray-collar workers find employment. The database is accessible to both employers and workers.
So far, registrations have been high in the states of West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Odisha, Bihar, and Jharkhand.
The website has up to 400 professional categories to choose from.
According to the government, the five summits women signed up for on the e-Shram were agriculture (2.1 crore), domestic workers (71 lakh), clothing (46 lakh), construction ( 23 lakh) and miscellaneous (17.98 lakh). Likewise, men have opted for agriculture
(2.3 crore), construction (78 lakh), automobile and transport (22.1 lakh), capital goods and manufacturing (18.9 lakh) and miscellaneous (7.7 lakh).
The government will also analyze whether workers who registered on e-Shram were previously employed in the formal sector by cross-checking their contact details on the Employee Provident Fund, as both registrations have a common format from an identification number to 12 digits and Universal account number.
The government has increasingly insisted on the universalization of social security and the customization of plans for workers in the unorganized and organized sectors as well as for those who commute between the two.
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Reports say the Center is working with states to achieve program convergence to create a database of workers registered by Aaadhaar, a process that would remove confusion and help streamline employment benefits.
The e-Shram portal, developed by the government following the distress caused to migrant workers in the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, is intended to register the database of migrant workers, concert workers , agricultural workers, Anganwadi workers, street vendors and domestic workers, among others, to find suitable jobs for them.