Ministry of Finance approved creation of National Database of Unorganised sector

The Finance Ministry has given its approval for the creation of national database for unorganised sector. It will be the first-ever national database for migrant workers. The aim of creating national database is to give a proper platform to migrant labourers. It will also make it easy for the government to implement programmes for the unorganised sector.

National Database of Unorganised Workers (NDUW)

  • The Ministry of Labour and Employment has said that the National Database of Unorganised Workers will maintain the database of the workers using their 12-digit Aadhaar number.
  • The database will enroll all unorganized workers including migrant labourers.
  • A database of all the workers will help the government in implementing social security schemes, providing jobs and giving other benefits to the unorganized labourers easily. It can also help in keeping a track of workers’ movement in situations like COVID-19.
  • The database will also help the workers to share details about his/her skills and get suitable work.
  • The total cost of the project is expected to be approximately Rs 650 crore.
  • Workers will be encouraged to enroll on the website for the database and Common Service Centres can be used for this.

This step has come after the problems faced by migrant labourers in COVID-19 pandemic. Large numbers of labourers were out of work and did not have proper amenities. Thousands of such labourers even walked on roads to reach their homes. As per an open-source database, more than 900 migrants died during the lockdown due to the hardships they had to face. This new national database will prove a beneficial to solve the problems of unorganized sector and will help them in achieving benefits provided by the government.

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