NEW DELHI: The freshly notified draft rules for the Code on Social Security, one of the four labour laws approved by Parliament this year that aim to expand social security benefits to all categories of workers in India, say workers can self-register via Aadhaar to avail benefits of various social security schemes.
The rules, which will remain open to discussion for 45 days with effect from November 13, direct states to create policies to provide social security benefits to gig and informal sector workers on a self-registration basis. They also lay down the processes by which governments will set up the National Social Security Board for Unorganised Workers, Gig and Platform Workers, and the Building Workers Welfare Board.
“The eligible unorganised worker, or any category or sub-category of unorganised worker, shall submit application form, electronically, with Aadhaar on self-declaration basis for registration to such authority on the specified portal of central government. On completion of registration, such worker shall be issued an acknowledgement, electronically or otherwise, bearing his unique registration number,” the draft rules say.
While work on the portal for self-registration of workers has begun, the draft rules also say migrant building workers will be entitled to receive benefits in the state where they work and that the Building Workers Welfare Board of the state concerned will be responsible for extending the benefits.
The rules also provide for gratuity to employees on fixedterm employment and have also decided to spend up to Rs 1,000 crore for “promotion of measures for improvement of health and welfare of insured persons and for the rehabilitation and re-employment of insured persons who have been disabled or injured” under the Employees’ State Insurance Fund.Apart from listing out how companies may exit the EPFO and ESIC coverage, the rules also list provisions for a single electronic registration of an establishment including cancellation of the registration in case of closure of business activities.
The rules further explain the procedure for self-assessment and payment of cess in respect of building and other construction workers.