Centre, states work to link migrant worker database to job-match portal


More than 8.43 million workers in the informal sector have registered with their Aadhaar numbers on e-scar portalThe Center liaises with states to ensure convergence in welfare schemes and to help match them to job opportunities.

To do this, the employee database will be linked to Unnati, a proposed recruiting platform. In addition, when the 38 crore registration target is met, officials said, it will provide an indication of the number of migrant workers and even those previously registered in the organized sector.

“Initially, the registration process on the e-Shram portal included the question of whether the worker is a labor migrant, but later the question was dropped. When the registration process reaches the final stage, the data will be analyzed to distinguish between home and work addresses. If the work address is outside the hometown, this will determine the category of labor migrants, ”said a senior official.

This database will also be linked to Unnati for workers and gray collars. According to the official, both employers and employees will have access to it. “Initial discussions have already taken place and work on linking the e-Shram portal database with the Unnati portal will begin in 6-8 weeks,” the official said.

About 400 professional categories have been added to the portal. “Let’s say, for example, a municipality wants to hire bricklayers or any other workers, they can use the database to identify and hire such workers for local projects,” the official said.

The database will be analyzed to verify workers who previously registered in the formal sector through the Provision Fund Organization (EPFO), as both registrations share the same format as a 12-digit Universal Account Number (UAN). – said the officials.

There is a growing debate in government about what should be universalization of social security, and schemes should be adapted according to the categories of organized and unorganized workers and those who move between these two categories.

“Discussions are underway with states to better align the schemes at the state and central levels. A proper employee identification database using Aadhaar will be created to help better streamline benefits. It may be a slow process, but it will be a positive process, ”said another senior Labor Ministry official.

The government has already announced linking accident insurance to registrations on the e-Shram portal. If a registered worker has an accident, he / she will be entitled to Rs 2 million in case of death or permanent disability and Rs 1 million in case of partial disability.

The e-Shram portal will for the first time provide insight into informal workers, including migrant workers, giant workers, agricultural workers, anganwadi workers, street vendors, domestic workers and others. At the moment, such a database is generally only accessible to organized workers through EPFO ​​registered workers.

Following the pandemic and crisis last December, the Ministry of Labor and Employment asked other ministries for help to create a new database for migrant workers and others in the informal sector, which it hoped to be operational by June this year. The e-Scar portal was officially launched on August 26th.

West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Odisha, Bihar and Jharkhand have recorded the highest number of work registrations to date.


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