AP mulls insurance cover for unorganized labour force

HYDERABAD: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu has directed the Labour Department to provide social security for one crore labourers in the state’s unorganized sector

At a review meeting on labour policy here on Monday, the Chief Minister asked officials to explore the possibility of issuing licenses to small shopkeepers through a hassle-free online process.

He also asked them to look into the possibility of providing accident cover, Aam Aadmi Bima Yojana, driver’s insurance, motor insurance and other policies which will ensure security of these vulnerable sections of the society.

Given that several investors are coming forward to invest in Andhra Pradesh, Mr. Naidu said that there is an extensive discussion among them about labour force, unions and associations. He, therefore, asked officials to bring in technologies that will reduce manual work of labourers and reduce physical strain, eventually increasing productivity.

Stating that farm labourers, women from self-sustainable small business and MGNREGS daily-wage labourers have to undergo skill upgrdation, the Chief Minister added that all these groups have to be synchronized. He wanted a single point where labourers could reach out for financial resources, skill upgradation and available resources.

Briefing officials about the deliberations of the NITI (National Institute for Transforming India) Aayog meeting in New Delhi on Monday, Mr. Naidu recalled that Andhra Pradesh stood as one of the pioneers in labour reforms 10 years ago and noted that its commitment to the issue had deteriorated over the years.

He said the Prime Minister lauded Rajasthan’s efforts in implemented labour reforms. He directed officials to study the best practices in labour reforms from across the world and customize them on the basis of local needs. (NSS)

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