Minister of Labour and Employment Santosh Gangwar has said that the government is committed towards the health, safety and welfare of workers. Mr Gangwar said this in New Delhi while releasing pamphlets elaborating a slew of measures towards the welfare of workers and their family members during the pandemic. He said, the government’s endeavour is to ensure the facilities reach the people for whom these have been formulated.
The Minister said, the government is cognizant of the evolving situation under the pandemic. He said, the Ministry would continue, if needed, to go extra miles in a resilient and responsive manner to protect the health and lives of workers and their family members, along with protecting them from hardships in these challenging times.
Mr Gangwar said, the Ministry has widened, broadened and enhanced social security benefits to the workers and that too without any additional financial obligation on the employers.
The provisions of social security under Employees’ State Insurance Corporation-ESIC and Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation- EPFO schemes are now much more relaxed. It aimed at addressing the fear and anxiety of workers regarding the health and life of their family members including themselves due to increased transmissivity and fatality under the COVID-19 pandemic.