What is the News?
The Finance Minister has announced the launch of a portal to collect data on gig, building, and construction workers.
About the Portal:
- The portal aims to collect relevant information on gig and platform workers along with building, construction and other such workers.
- The information collected will help in formulating health, housing, skill, insurance, credit and food schemes for them.
What are Gig and Platform Workers?
- These are those workers who are employed by various e-commerce businesses like Uber, Ola, Swiggy and Zomato. These workers are deprived of social security benefits like provident fund, group insurance and pension.
- During Budget 2021-22, the Finance Minister announced that for the first time, social security benefits will extend to gig and platform workers. Minimum wages will also apply to all categories of workers, and they will all be covered by the Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC).
Source: The Hindu