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DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SECURITY

Who we are

 


Department of Social Security, Latehar is separate unit functioning within the Collectorate of Latehar. This Department is linked with the Labour, Employment and Training Department of Jharkhand Government. At the District level, this department is assisting the DC in carrying out the social security and labour related schemes of the government. This department is committed to provide social security benefits to its old age, widow and helpless persons and to protect the interests of working population in organised and unorganised sectors.

Background

 


The Department of Social Security exists to take care of the labouring poor including the aged and infirm. This department is catering to the needs of both organised and unorganised sector workers. The department was created to increase the human and social security of the working and poor masses.
Human beings in general and works in particular are subjected to various forms of insecurities while work such as accidents, disability, infirmity and deaths. This department is there to strengthen the human and social security elements of the workers to ensure them to get basic social security assistance to the workers.
The most productive phase of the human being is from 20-60 years. Before 20 years and after 60 years of age, everyone is depending on others-parents, sons/daughters. Aging is a natural process of human being. Therefore, while in old age, to meet the basic needs, regular support is essential for subsistence and survival.

In the traditional agriculture system, family members served as physical, social and psychological security for the elders. However, due to urbanisation and migration, the traditional joint family system is fast disappearing. In view of it, supporting the elders through the pension or state assisted social assistance is essential part of the welfare state. To fulfil the welfare state functions, government is providing various forms of support from birth to deaths/cradle to grave. The Social Security Department is there to provide such social assistance support to the labouring and destitute poor. Through this, we can prevent the poor from going to a stage of starvation, hunger and to ensure a dignified life for the poor and senior citizens of the district.

What we do

 


Government of Jharkhand through Department of Labour, Employment and Training is committed to the following.

  • Provide enhanced Social Security to its old age helpless persons.
  • Protect the interests of its working class in the organised and unorganised sectors in the fast changing economic scenario.
  • Effectively implement various labour laws.
  • Produce trained man power and to provide employment assistance to different skilled persons.

In order to achieve these broad objectives, the State Government of Jharkhand is implementing various central and state assisted schemes mentioned below.

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Central assisted social security/assistance schemes

 


Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension Scheme


National Old Age Pension Scheme is sponsored by Government of India under National Social Assistance Programme (NSAP). Persons of 65 years and above in rural and urban area are eligible for pension at the rate of Rs. 400/- per month from 1st August 2006 out of which Rs. 200/- is paid by Central Government and Rs.200/- by State Government. Thus, pension of Rs. 400/- per month is provided under the scheme.

Indira Gandhi National Widow Pension Scheme


Under this scheme, all widows in the age group of 40 to 64 years who were included in the list of BPL will be provided pension by Government of India (GOI) at the rate of Rs. 200/- month. An additional Rs. 200/-per month assistance will be provided by the State Government. Thus a total assistance of Rs.400 per month is provided to the eligible persons.

Indira Gandhi National Disability Pension Scheme


All below poverty line (BPOL) disabled persons in the age group of 18-64 years residing in Urban/ Rural areas are eligible. They who are defined as “Persons with Disabilities Act 1995” (PWD Act, 1995) & National Trust for the welfare of Persons with Autism, Cerebral Palsy Mental Retardation and Multiple Disabilities Act, 1990 (National Trust Act 1990) will be provided monthly pension to the tune of Rs.200/- per month by GOI. An additional assistance of Rs. 200/- will be provided by the State Government. Rs.400 per month is provided to the disabled persons under this scheme.

National Family Benefit Scheme


Under National Family Benefit Scheme, the earning member who is head of the family of BPL category, between the age group of 18 and 65 years, on his death, his dependent family is paid Rs. 10,000/- in one stroke. This scheme is 100% funded by Government of India. It is implemented by the State Government through the Social Security Department.

Rehabilitation of Bonded Labour [50:50]


Under Central Sponsored Scheme, Rehabilitation of Bonded Labourers is being done at the rate of Rs. 20,000/- per labourer. Only those who were released from bondage and certified by the government alone are eligible for it.

Aam Admi Bima Yojna


Aam Admi Bima Yojana is a Central sponsored scheme. Under the scheme, premium of Rs. 200 is paid for each rural landless family to LIC, the share of Central and State being Rs.100 each. On the death of insured person, if due to accident, his dependent has to be paid Rs. 75,000/- and in case of loss of both limbs, he is paid Rs.75,000/- and when there is loss of one limb, insured person is paid Rs. 37,500/-. Under the scheme, his two school going children studying in class IX to XII are to get scholarship at the rate 100/- per month per child. The Central share is provided directly to LIC.

Rashtriya Swasthaya Beema Yojna


Rashrtiya Swasthya Bima Yojna has been introduced for the purpose of health insurance to members of Below Poverty Line (BPL) families. Under this scheme, cashless cards are provided by the insurance company, through which, medical facilities of Rs. 30,000/- annually may be availed in various empanelled hospitals/nursing centers. To implement it, the eligible families are provided with smart cards for availing the benefits. This is a central government scheme implemented with the contribution of 75% by the Central and 25% by Jharkhand Government.

Social security for unorganised workers

Under social security to unorganized workers, the Government enacted the Unorganised Workers‟ Social Security Act, 2008. The Act provides for social security schemes namely, life and disability

cover, health maternity benefits, old age protection and any other benefit as may be determined by the Government for unorganized workers

State Plan Schemes

 


State Social Security Scheme


Under this, widow, disabled persons, released bonded labourers (No age limit for those categories) and helpless person of 60 years and above whose income is not exceeding Rs. 5000/- for Rural areas and Rs. 5500/- for Urban areas, Rs. 400/- monthly pension is paid to them.

Survey of Migrant labourers

The government has taken up survey of migrating labourers of state to other states to know their status for providing assistance to them.

Organisation of Rural Training Camps and Workshops

Under this scheme, training camps are organized at various levels to educate and to sensitize labourers, public representatives, unions, government servants, NGOs etc with respect to existing labour laws. Besides, different existing labour laws new rules have been also introduced by the government for the welfare of unorganized workers engaged in buildings and other construction workers.

Child Labour abolition and regulation

Despite legal provision to control the crime against children, child abuse is still growing unchecked. Child labour is still exists in small hotels, dhabas and tea-shops and other agriculture and forestry sectors. In small scale industries they work in the most unhygienic conditions.
Government is working to check and control the abuse of child labour by way of taking action against employers. Through the department, government is working to eradicate this by way of rehabilitation and awareness program.

Strengthening machinery for implementation of minimum wages Act and other labour laws

Through this department, government is fixing minimum wages and enforcing the minimum wages in various sectors as per the Minimum Wage Act.  
Government is also running the following schemes.

  1. Running Employment Exchange for registering unemployed and helping them to get employment.
  2. Running industrial training institutes for creating skilled labourers.
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Who is implementing these schemes?

 


Assistant Social Security Officer is heading the Social Security Department of the District. At present Mr.Subash Kumar is the Assistant Security Officer. The Social Security Officer is assisted by Labour Inspectors who are based at the block level. The Labour Inspectors are responsible for implementing these schemes at the block level.

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