Social Security Benefits Extended To Anganwadi, ASHA Workers

The government is committed to provide 33 per cent reservation for women in legislatures, said Union Labour Minister.

Hyderabad: The Centre would soon extend benefits under Employee’s State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) and Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) to the Anganwadi, ASHA and  mid-day meal scheme workers in the country, Union Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya said.

“All Anganwadi workers, ASHA (Accredited Social Health Activists) workers, mid-day meal workers – 90 per cent of them are women will be given ESIC and EPFO. They have been agitating for years now. They have no social security for them. They are serving the
government, not private,” he said.

Mr Dattatreya further said that the government is committed to provide 33 per cent
reservation for women in legislatures and it will talk to other political parties on the issue.

Formal sector workers would soon be eligible for up to Rs 20 lakh tax-free gratuity after central trade unions agreed on the proposal in a tripartite consultation with the Labour Ministry last month.

“Gratuity is very important. Gratuity, now they are getting Rs 10 lakh. I am going to increase Rs 20 lakh for all. I have done the tri-partite meeting. In the tri-partite meeting, employer and employee are agreeing,” Mr Dattatreya said.

Mr Dattatreya said he would recommend providing loans to women for procuring software tools to work from home (in the IT industry) and also discuss the issue with Finance Minister.

He said he would work out in his ministry on assuring same level of employment for women after maternity.

(With Inputs From PTI)