PUDUCHERRY UNORGANISED LABOURERS' WELFARE SOCIETY

RECONSTITUTION OF THE GOVERNING BODY

CONTACT PERSONS


  1. The concept of Unorganised Sector received greater attention in the early 1970s when the International Labour Organisation through its World Employment Mission Programme took up seriour efforts to study to study the issue. In India, National Council for Applied Economic Research (ncaer) and Self Employed Women's Association (Sewa) conducted joint workshop on this issue in March-April 1997. Institute for Applied Man-power Research (IAMR) and Institute of Human Development (IHD) also did a similar joint exercise in December 1997. Central Statistical Organisation has formed an expert group on informal sector to suggest definition of informal sector. As a result of efforts taken by the above said organisations the nature and Characterstics of Unorganised Workers have been brought out.

  2. The Unorganised Sector is very diverse and many Characteristics are identified in the Literature on describing various aspects of the Sector. Some of the Characteristics are given as follows:

     

      1. Low Scale or level of Organisation

      2. Labour relations operated on casual basis or on the basis of kinship or personal relations

      3. Small own account (House hold) or family owned enterprises or Micro Enterprises

      4. Ownership of fixed and other assets by self

      5. Involvement of family labourers

      6. Easy entry or exit

      7. Free mobility within the sector

      8. Usage of Indigenous resources and technology

      9. Absence of fixed working hours

      10. Lack of security of employment and other Social Security benefits

      11. Lack of Labour Intensive technology

      12. Workers live in Slums and Squatter Area

      13. Lack of Housing and access to urban Services

      14. Migrant Labour

      15. some works are seasonal, some others are intermittent, as such Unemployment is also a problem in the Sector.

  3. In practice, Unorganised Sector does not get enough protection from Labour legislation. Despite the existence of Labour Laws, for various reasons, the workers in this sector do not get social security and other benefits as their counterpart in the formal sector enjoy. Organised sector workers are distinguished by relatively regular salaries, jobs with well defined terms and conditions of Employment, clear cut rights and obligation and fairly comprehensive social security protection. The workers are highly exploited by the entrepreneurs with the exception of a few cases and there is hardly and Trade Union or other institutional measurers to fight for the welfare of the workers. Collective bargaining could not so far get any get any serious space in the Unorganised Sector. As the workers in the Unorganised Sector, particularly women could not organise themselves they are further discriminated in the Sector. Overall, this is an unprotected sector with low bargaining coverage.

  4. The vast majority of the workers in India, constituting about 92% are in the unorganised sector and the number of workers in this sector is ever increasing. They work long hours in poor working conditions and have not works security. These workers generally constitute the poverty sector of our country.

  5. To give a concrete shape to the proposal for providing Social Security to the labourers in the Unorganised Sector, the Government of Puducherry as announced by the Hon'ble Chief Minister in his Budget Speech 2000 - 2001, has formed a Society under the name and style of "The Puducherry Unorganised Laborer's Welfare benefits in the Unorganised workers and the same has been registered pm 17-1-2001 under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 vide Regn. No. 44/2001.

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AIMS AND OBJECTIVES OF THE SOCIETY

 

The objectives of the society is to provide for the following welfare measures to the Unorganised Labourers namely:

  1. Introduction of Group Personal Accident Insurance Scheme

  2. Grant of financial assistant to the dependants on the death of a beneficiary

  3. Grant of financial assistance for the education and marriage of the son or daughter of a beneficiary

  4. Extension of maternity beneficiary

  5. Grant of financial assistance to the beneficiary suffering from major ailments for getting necessary medical treatment at any of the specialised hospitals approved by the Government

  6. To do all such lawful acts as are conducive or incidental to the attainment of the objectives of the Society

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CATEGORIES OF UNORGANISED WORKERS

The Following Categories of the Unorganized Workers Have Been Listed For Enrolment in the Society.

Taxi and Auto Drivers

Loading and Unloading

Carpenters

Tree Climbers

Workers Employed in Shops & Catering Establishments

Pottery Workers

Nathaswara vidwans

Coir Workers

Hair Dressers

Toddy and Neera Tappers

Tailors

Bullock Cart Drivers

Cycle Rickshaw Drivers

Thatchers

Cobblers

Cooks

Washer man

Hawkers

Goldsmith

News Paper Vendors

Blacksmith

Workers Engaged in Bricks and Tile Manufacturing.

Brass Vessel Makers

Workers Engaged in distribution of Liquid Petroleum Gas Cylinders

Sculptors

 

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 ELIGIBILITY FOR ENROLLMENT

Workers in the age group between 18 to 60 are eligible for enrolment in the Society. Simple documents like Birth Certificate or Educational Certificate or Medical Certificate as proof of their age and Ration Card as proof of their residence will be required to be attached by the worker along with the application for enrolment in the society.

  1. The enrolment in the Society is restricted to the persons whose income in Rs. 30,000/- per annum and the individual applicant has to submit a declaration of the annual income along with the applications for enrolment.

  2. Beneficiaries are being enrolled in the Society by collecting a membership fee of Rs.25/- and Annual subscription of Rs.100/- All the registered beneficiaries are being covered under the "Jana Shree Bima Yojana Schem" of Life Insurance corporation of India. As per the Scheme Rs.200/- has to be paid as premium annually and the premium will be shared at the rate of Rs.25/- Rs.75/- and Rs.100/- by the beneficiaries, Society and the Central Government respectively for which the following benefits will be extended.

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BENEFITS

  1. Insurance Benefits

  2. In the event of death of the beneficiary, the sum assured of Rs.30,000/- will become payable to the nominee.

  3. Accident Benefit

 

In the event of death by accident or partial or total permanent disability due to accident the following benefits shall be payable.

    1. On death due to Accident - Rs.75, 000/-

    2. Permanent disability due to Accident - rs.50, 000/-

    3. Loss of Two eyes or Two limbs or One Eye and One Limb in an Accident - Rs.50, 000/-

    4. Loss of One Eye or One Limb - Rs.25,000/-

 

In addition the following benefits are also extended by the Society.

    1. all the enrolled workers are issued with identify Cards by the Welfare Society.

    2. Maternity benefits to the women beneficiary and spouse of male beneficiary @ Rs.500/- (upto two living Children)

    3. Medical Termination of Pregnancy @ Rs.250/- (not more than two occasions)

    4. Funeral grant @ Rs.1500/- in case of death of the beneficiary or his/her spouse

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EDUCATIONAL INCENTIVES

 

EDUCATIONAL INCENTIVES TO THE WARDS OF THE REGISTERED BENEFICIARIES.

  1. Rs.1,000/- will be given to those who have secured 75% or more marks in the S.S.L.C./ Matriculation examination.

  2. Students who have secured First and Second Rank in S.S.L.C. / Matriculation Examination in the U.T. of Pondicherry will be given a cash prize of Rs.3,000/- and Rs.2,000/- respectively. Separate cash prizes will be given to S.S.L.C. and Matric Students.

  3. Rs. 1,500/- will be given to those students who have secured 75% or more marks in the H.Sc., Examination.

  4. Students who have secured First and Second Ranks in the H.Sc., examination in the Union territory of Pondicherry will be given a cash prize of Rs. 3,500/- and Rs.2,500/- respectively.

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ISSUE OF IDENTIY CARDS

All the Unorganized Workers enrolled in the Pondihcerry Unorganized Labourers Welfare Society are issued with identity cards.


BENEFITS EXTENDED BY THE SOCIETY

The following benefits have been extended so far to the registered beneficiaries of the Society. (Upto January 2008)
Sl. No.
Details of Benefits
Year
Total
2001-02
2002-03
2003-04
2004-05
2005-06
2006-07

2007-08

1.  Maternity 
3
44
69
70
85
101
123
495
1,500
22,000
34,500
35,000
42,500
50,500
61,500
2,47,500
2.  MTP 
-
-
1
1
2
2
2
8
250
250
500
500
500
2000
3.  Funeral Assistance 
2
7
22
14
26
43
39
153
2000
10,500
33,000
21,000
39,000
64,500
58,500
2,28,500
4.  Educational Incentives 
-
13
39
46
41
102
137
378
14,500
43,500
53,000
47,500
1,15,000
1,65,000
4,39,000
5.  Scholarship 
-
62
116
175
240
712
-
1305
74,400
1,39,200
2,10,000
2,88,000
8,54,4000
-
15,66,000
6.  Insurance Premium 
638
1582
2177
2728
4410
10304
10758
32597
47,850
1,18,650
1,63,275
2,04,600
3,30,750
7,72,800
8,06,850
24,44,775
7.  I.D. Cards 
610
883
740
818
1287
4285
3372
11995
6,100
8,830
8,630
10,621
16,731
51,010
33,720
1,35,642
8.  Rain Coat 
-
-
-
2329
-
-
-
2329
8,95,189
8,95,189
9.  Deepavali Gift 
-
-
-
-
4172 @ Rs.400/-
8198 @ Rs.400/-
4619
16,989
12,51,600
32,79,200
18,47,670
63,78,400
10. Total
77,450
3,88,880
7,92,355
17,09,660
24,56,581
61,88,410
40,08,670
1,56,22,006

DETAILS OF MEMBERS ENROLLED AND GRANTS RECEIVED

Sl. No.
Description
Year
2000-01
2001-02
2002-03
2003-04
2004-05
2005-06
2006-07
2007-08
1. Numberof Members Enrolled
Nil
638
1612
2329
3340
8812
11418
13665
2. Grant in Aid received (Rs.)
10,00,000
25,20,000
15,00,000
Nil l
Nil
37,95,000
31,40,000
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  Total Grants Received (Rs.)              
1,19,55,000