Social Security Yojana is a new scheme introduced by the state government of West Bengal. The scheme would combine 5 old beneficiary schemes running in the state for self employed and people working in the unorganized sector in the state. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee decided to combine the5 old schemes and introduce a single scheme instead during a cabinet meeting.
Social Security Yojana – Highlights
Under the new Social Security Yojana, about 5 crore people would be benefited while about 1 Crore would get direct benefit of the scheme. The five earlier schemes which have been combined to form the new social security scheme are
- State Assistance Scheme for Provident Fund for Unorganized Sector
- West Bengal Unorganized Sector Workers’ Health Security Scheme
- Social Security scheme for Construction Workers
- West Bengal Transport Workers Social Security Scheme
- West Bengal Bidi Workers Welfare Scheme
At present about 85 Lakh people are being benefited jointly by all the 5 schemes. The state government has spent about Rs. 880 crore between 2011 and 2016 for the implementation of these schemes.
Under the new social security scheme, people from over 46 unorganized sectors would be benefited. These sectors would include bidi workers, book-binding workers, motor mechanics, boatman, and ICDS workers. Self employed workers from about 15 sectors such as jewellery manufacturing would also be included for benefits under the new scheme.
The new Social Security Yojana would provide more benefits to the beneficiaries in comparison to the earlier 5 separate schemes.