Insurance for unorganised workers

The State government will shortly extend the benefits of Janashree Bima insurance scheme to labourers working in the unorganised sector.

A decision to this effect was taken at a meeting of the Karnataka State Unorganised Workers’ Social Security Board chaired by Labour Minister B N Bache Gowda in Bangalore on Tuesday.

Agricultural labourers , beedi workers, coolies, auto drivers among 45 occupational groups will benefit due to the extension of the scheme.

The amount of annual premium is Rs 200 out of which Rs 100 will be paid by the Central government from the social security fund and the rest by the State government. About nine lakh labourers are likely to benefit from the scheme. Life insurance will be provided by the Life Insurance Corporation of India.

The State government’s Karnataka State Private Commercial Vehicle Drivers’ Accident Insurance Scheme introduced earlier this year will benefit five lakh drivers, including licence holders of autorickshaws, taxis, maxicabs, lorries and private buses, officials in the Labour department said.

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