Centre to issue U-WIN cards for unorganised sector workers

Jamshedpur, Jan 11 (PTI) The union government is working on issuing a unique identification number for the workforce engaged in unorganised sector to facilitate them to access social schemes and benefits.

"We are working to issue a smart card 'Unorganised Workers Identification Number' (U-WIN card) for the workforce engaged in unorganised sector soon in the country," P P Mitra, Principal Labour and Employment Adviser, Union Ministry of Labour and Employment, told reporters here today.

Mitra, who was in the steel city to take part in a function, said 93 per cent of the workforce (approx 40 crore) were engaged in the unorganised sector in the country.

The software in this regard had been developed and it would be sent to the state governments for its implementation soon, Mitra said.

The benefits of the Union government schemes such as pension scheme, old age scheme would be linked with the U-WIN cards, he said.

Similarly, the government has also taken initiative to address unemployment problem and launched National Service Career Portal in July last.

The data of the employment exchanges in the country would be brought in the Career Portal online and registered the unemployed youths seeking job, Sen said.

The career portal would have facility to counsel the unemployed youths in their nearest centre to ensure time-bound delivery, he said.

Currently, around 4 crore unemployed youth have registered their names with employment exchanges across the country, he said, adding that the career portal would help industries to select candidates as per their requirement.

Till date, he said, nine lakh employers have registered with the portal. He also emphasised on the need for awareness and skill development to match the requirement of the industries.


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