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Gig workers set to come under labour laws, get social security benefits

According to draft Code on Social Security, 2019, gig and platform workers will be entitled to life and disability cover, health and maternity benefits, among others

Somesh Jha & Neha Alawadhi  |  New Delhi 

Workers employed in the gig economy are set to become part of India’s labour law legislation, enabling some employment-related rights for them.

The labour and employment ministry has proposed the Code on Social Security, 2019, in which it has recognised ‘gig workers’ and ‘platform workers’ — terms which have never been used in any of the country’s labour laws earlier. According to the draft Bill, gig and platform workers will be entitled to life and disability cover, health and maternity benefits, old-age protection, and “other ...

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First Published: Thu, September 19 2019. 01:45 IST
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