New Delhi, December 8: Labour minister Bandaru Dattatreya met finance minister Arun Jaitley to seek more mobile ATMs and banking correspondents at labourer colonies and construction sites, which employs the highest number of daily wagers. He has urged Finance Minister to set up mobile ATMs in all the industrial clusters especially in remote and rural areas where there is pre-dominance of workers.
During a meeting in New Delhi last evening, Dattatreya discussed and requested the Finance Minister to take steps to address the wage payment related issues and issues of plantation workers and construction workers. The Minister also requested to expedite and bring more 500 rupees notes into circulation and to ensure their availability to industrial and other institutions which employ large number of workers.
Labour and Employment Ministry has also started a campaign to open bank accounts of those workers who are not included in the banking system, he said. The labour ministry also conducted special drive and opened 13.7 lakhs new bank accounts since the government announced demonetization of high-value banknotes that took out 86% of the currency in circulation.
While the labour ministry is keeping no stones unturned, there is, however, no guarantee that millions of unorganized daily wagers that constitute 85% of India’s workforce will get cash in hand at the right time, official said.
“We have requested the finance ministry to send more cash to rural areas and construction sites, but we have not got any assurance,” said a senior labour ministry official. Dattatreya has also written letters to chief ministers seeking their help.
More than 52 thousand camps to open bank accounts have been organised all over the country till now. Banks opened 25.68 crore Jan Dhan accounts to bring a large section of Indians under the sphere of the formal economy.