WB launched ‘Social Security Yojana’ to benefit around 5 Crore workers of different sectors
 Source : News Bharati English  Date : 19-Apr-2017

Kolkata, April 19: In a wake of providing benefits to the people of West Bengal, the state government introduced ‘Social Security Yojana’. Converging five schemes led to form this new ‘Social Security Yojana’ which caters to each section of the society. Around 5 Crore people will be benefitted with the introduction of Social Security Yojana with around 1 Crore direct beneficiaries.

According to Dr. Amit Mitra, the State Finance Minister, “State Assistance Scheme for Provident Fund for Unorganised Sector, West Bengal Unorganised Sector workers' Health Security Scheme, Social Security scheme for Construction Workers, West Bengal Transport Workers Social Security Scheme and West Bengal Bidi Workers Welfare Scheme are being converged."

In between 2011 to 2016, the Trinamool government has spent Rs 880 Crore to bring in more than 85 Lakh people under the schemes. Dr. Mitra said workers from 46 different unorganized sectors including bidi workers, book binding workers, motor mechanics, boatmen and ICDS workers will be getting the benefit. Self-employed people from 15 different sectors including jewelry manufacturing sector and amines will also come under the yojana. There will be education benefits for children of the workers enrolled in the scheme. Beneficiaries will also get support for marriage of their two daughters besides getting health cards and other benefits.

With the introduction of the Social Security Yojana by converging five separate beneficiary schemes, the people will be benefitted more. It is learned that a common beneficiary program is prepared for all the sectors and accordingly workers from each of the sectors and their family members will be benefitted.