NEW DELHI: The authorities has pulled out a 2014 proposal to supply identification numbers to workers from the the unorganised sector after dealing with all spherical criticism for not doing a lot for migrant labour hit onerous by the Covid-19 lockdown.

The new look ‘Unorganised Worker Identification Number (U-WIN)’ might be seeded with Aadhaar and have expanded protection. Besides, it might embrace different info similar to {qualifications} and talent set of the employee.

A senior labour ministry official informed ET that the federal government will aggressively push the U-WIN undertaking to create a complete database of unorganised workers, together with the migrant workers. “We are evaluating the details of the workers that can be added into the electronic database to make it all encompassing,” the official added.

In 2014 the labour ministry had launched a pilot for Unorganised Worker Identification Number (U-WIN) in Gujarat, however the undertaking was stalled on the grounds that it was a duplication of Aadhaar that was conceived as a single identification quantity for people.

The Covid-9 outbreak and nationwide lockdown prompted an unprecedented reverse migration of labour from cities to their native villages.

“The current crisis has shown that a specific data registry is needed for migrant workers,” one other official mentioned. On being requested as to why the federal government didn’t take into account money switch for migrant workers within the ` 20 lakh crore aid bundle, finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman had informed ET in an earlier interview ” I wish we had enough data to assess that and be able to assign something to them. The motive is not to exclude.”

A finance ministry official mentioned the ministry is now working with the labour ministry to deal with this information problem.

Expanding information protection

U-WIN might be expanded to cowl 40 crore unorganised sector workers, the primary official mentioned. More information units can be added to make sure a extra complete profile of a employee is created. Of the whole workforce of 50 crore, solely 10 crore are coated below government-run social safety scheme of Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation and Employees’ State Insurance Corporation.