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Gujarat becomes the first state in India to start a welfare scheme on a pilot basis for shramyogis

    @ Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Bhupendra Patel and Union Minister of State for Communications Shri Devusinh Chauhan launch the scheme on a pilot basis in Nadiad, Kheda

    @ The scheme ensures financial inclusion by providing comprehensive coverage through affordable insurance and social development is being implemented by the Postal Department and Indian Post Payment Bank

    @ The government is committed to providing dignity and financial security to labourers as their hard work lays the foundation for India’s unbridled development: CM

    Gandhinagar, Saturday: In line with the state government’s commitment towards inclusive growth and socio-economic development, Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Bhupendra Patel launched the Antyodaya Shram Suraksha Accident Insurance Scheme from Kheda. All those registered under the e-Shram portal from Nadiad will benefit from the scheme.

    The scheme is being implemented through the Indian Postal Department, the Indian Post Payments Bank and the Ministry of Labour and Employment.

    During his address, Hon’ble CM Shri Bhupendra Patel said that a culture of good governance has been established in the country under the leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. The people and the government are now working in unison.

    The state government is working with a 100% result-oriented approach to ensure that all basic facilities like roads, water and health become accessible to the person living in the remotest part of the state.

    Today, various government schemes have reached their saturation point. There has been a noteworthy improvement in the quality of life of people due to schemes like Nal Se Jal Yojana, Ayushman Card, Widow Pension, Ujjwala, Swachh Bharat Mission, etc.

    Gujarat has benefited the most during the nine years of the Hon’ble PM’s good governance, Shri Patel said, adding that under the PM Swanidhi Yojana, three lakh people in Gujarat have benefitted from loans.

    He said the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana has eliminated middlemen who used to siphon off rightful beneficiaries’ money in government schemes. The money is now directly deposited into people’s accounts through DBT (Direct Benefit Transfer). As many as 46 crore needy have become its beneficiaries.

    Talking about the Antyodaya Shramik Yojana, the Chief Minister said that its objective is to ensure financial stability for the workers in case of any accident or death.

    He said that workers will become more self-reliant as they get financial security through health coverage. Under this scheme, insurance with a premium of Rs. 289 and Rs. 499 per year will be a big support to workers in the event of death or partial disability. In case of the labourer’s accidental death, Rs. 10 lakh will be given to their family and the same amount will be given to the worker in case of permanent disability. Also, in the event of the death, the deceased’s children will be eligible for education assistance of Rs. 1 lakh.

    “Thus, the Antyodaya Shramik Suraksha Yojana will be helpful in empowering the shramyogis,” the CM added.

    The CM also congratulated the Post Department for its efforts under the Gangaswaroopa Scheme to reach out to the beneficiaries door to door. He said that digital payments have increased significantly in a large country like India due to the vision of the Hon’ble PM. Today, 40% of the world’s total digital payments are being done in India. The use of digital payments in places like small tea kiosks, vegetable Lorries and others reflects the picture of ‘Mera Desh Badal Raha Hai.” (A transforming India).

    Hon’ble Union Minister of State for Communications Shri Devusinh Chauhan thanked the Chief Minister and recalled Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya who had championed the need to strengthen the labourers if the country was to prosper. He said Hon’ble PM Shri Narendra Modi has formulated several schemes considering the welfare of workers across India.

    Shri Chauhan further lauded the work done by the Post Department and Gramin Dak Sevaks during the Covid-19 pandemic, saying that workers used to send money to their parents and children through money orders when the banking sector was shut.

    The Union Minister also informed that more than 5,000 post offices will be established across the country to ensure that the benefit of insurance at a nominal premium can reach the maximum number of people through the trusted network of the Postal Department.

    He added that in the coming days, data of 28 crore shramyogis of India will be collated so that they can be covered under the Antyodaya Shramik Suraksha Yojana. This scheme will also be extended to other common people.

    On the occasion, the Minister congratulated employees of the Post Department for opening accounts for 10 lakh women within 60 days in the Kheda district. At the same time, he assured the CM that one lakh poor families in the district will get the benefit of “Antyodaya Shramik Suraksha Yojana” within 60 days.

    At the event, certificates were issued to 11 beneficiaries of the scheme by the India Post Payments Bank. Also, two beneficiaries of Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana were given certificates of merit. Gramin Dak Sevaks who have done exemplary performance in the Kheda district were also felicitated.

    Shri Venkatesh Ramanuj, CEO, of Indian Post Payment Bank, expressed gratitude to Chief Minister Shri Bhupendra Patel and Union Minister of State Shri Devusinh Chauhan, district officials, and all the employees of the administration and postal department.

    Nadiad MLA Shri Pankajbhai Desai, Mehmedabad MLA Shri Arjunsinh Chauhan, Matar MLA Shri Kalpeshbhai Parmar, Thasra MLA Shri Yogendrasinh Parmar, Kapadvanj MLA Shri Rajeshbhai Zala, Mahudha MLA Shri Sanjaysinh Mahida, President of Nadiad Municipality Smt. Ranjanben Vaghela, Chairman of Amul Dairy Shri Vipulbhai Patel, Kheda District Collector Mr K.L. Bachani, District Development Officer Smt. Shivani Goyal Agarwal, Kheda District Superintendent of Police Mr. Rajesh Gadhia, Post Director General Mr. Neeraj Mahajan as well as district provincial officers, district officers and employees were present during the event.

    Source: Information Department, Gujarat