The Centre launched the e-Shram portal on August 26, to register 38 crore unorganised workers, including labourers, migrant workers, street vendors and also domestic workers. A national toll-free number, ‘14434’, was also launched by the Labour Ministry, which will help address all queries of workers.
This national database of unorganised workers will allow those registered to gain convenient access to the social-security benefits offered by the Government. Workers, irrespective of the segment they belong to, can use their Aadhar number and bank account details to register themselves on the portal, along with all the required personal details, including name, date of birth, hometown, work category and so on.
Once registered, the workers will receive an e-Shram card containing a 12-digit unique number, which will integrate them with a range of government social-security schemes. They will not need any separate registration to participate in these schemes. The benefits will be delivered to these ‘shram yogis’, as Bhupender Yadav, the Union minister for labour and employment refers to them, including construction workers, street vendors, domestic workers, migrant labourers, and so on. The portal is meant to ensure last-mile delivery.
All the details of registered workers will be shared by all departments of states.