E-Shram should ensure workers' social security, easy registration: Experts

E-Shram, built at an estimated cost of Rs 704 crore, was launched by the Union government on August 26, 2021 to register 380 million unorganised sector workers

Shreehari Paliath | IndiaSpend Bengaluru
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"Card banaya hai. Ab government se support milega to milega, nahi to nahi milega [I have got the card made, now let's see if we get support from the government, or not]," Rashid*, a Bengali migrant worker in Kerala's Ernakulam district, told IndiaSpend. He self-registered this November on the Ministry of Labour & Employment's e-Shram portal--a national database of unorganised sector workers--with the help of a non-profit's labour facilitation centre. But the process was not as straightforward as he had hoped. His Aadhaar-linked mobile number, which is required for self-registration, belonged to his mother back in Kolkata, so he was unable to receive the one-time password, or OTP, that is sent to the Aadhaar-linked number during registration. "I had to spend Rs 50 at the Akshaya centre [a common services centre or CSC] to update my Aadhaar details before I could proceed with e-Shram registration a few days later," said Rashid, who had expected

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First Published: Nov 30 2021 | 9:24 AM IST

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