Delhi launches pension plan for informal sector workers

New Delhi, May 1 (IANS) The state government Wednesday launched the Delhi Swavlamban Scheme, to offer a pension for workers in the unorganised sector.

The announcement was made in the state assembly, which is meeting in its budget session. The scheme will be a co-contributory pension programme in collaboration with the Swavalamban scheme of the centre.

“It is time to minimize the difference between the workers and owners. We must understand the difficulties of workers in order to make our worker welfare component comprehensive and satisfactory,” Chief Minister Shiela Dikshit said Wednesday.

The Delhi government will make a contribution of Rs.1,000 per year along with equal contribution of the central government and a contribution not exceeding Rs.12,000 from the subscriber.

The scheme is Aadhaar-linked and aimed to ensure universal coverage.

Besides workers in the informal sector, Anganwari workers will also be benefited.

The quantum of pension may vary from case to case.

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