11/02/2016 9:37 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:26 AM IST

Modi To Launch Smart Cards To Provide Social Security For 40 Crore Unorganised Workers

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi greets the audience as he arrives to inaugurate the International Conference on Frontiers in Yoga Research and its Applications in Jigani, near Bangalore, India, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016. The conference aims to make an effort to integrate Ayurveda, Naturopathy, Yoga, Unani, Siddha, Homeopathy and modern medicine by bringing prominent researchers and doctors from all these fields on one platform. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)

NEW DELHI -- Prime Minister Narendra Modi will soon launch a smart card scheme for over 40 crore unorganised workers in the country to provide them with various social security benefits like insurance and pension.

Union Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya said this at the launch of Global Network Operations Centre of the Employees' Provident Fund Organisation in the national capital.

He said within one month Prime Minister Modi would launch smart card called 'Unorganised Workers' Identification Number' (UWIN) card.

He further said that through the UWIN card, the government wants to provide social security to all those people who are not covered either by Employees' Provident Fund Organisation or Employees' State Insurance Corporation.

"The entire task of issuing smart cards to all informal sector workers would take at least two years time. The government will issue 10 crore such cards in the first phase," he added.

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