Dimapur, December 2: A special enrolment drive and celebration of Pension Week for Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Maan-dhan (PM-SYM) & National Pension Scheme for traders was held in the DC’s conference hall, Kohima on November 30.
The Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Mandhan is a voluntary and contributory pension scheme for unorganized workers for entry age of 18 to 40 years with monthly income of Rs 15,000 or below.
The scheme is meant for old age protection and social security of unorganized workers (UW) who are mostly engaged as home-based workers, street vendors, head loaders, brick kiln, cobblers, rag pickers, domestic workers, washer men, rickshaw pullers, agricultural workers, construction workers, handloom workers etc. The worker should not be covered under any social security schemes such as NPS, ESIC, EPFO and is not an income tax payee.
ADC Kohima, Lithrongla Tongpi Rutsa stated that many of our people are engaged in unorganized sector such as street vendors, laborers, home-based workers etc without having knowledge of the availability of such benefits. She urged the gathering to spread the availability of the benefits among their fellow friends and encouraged each unorganized workers (UW) between the age group of 18 years to 40 years to enroll and invest in the scheme in order to avail the benefits after attaining the age of 60 years. She also suggested that the concerned department may come up with some translated copies on the scheme in local dialects for awareness amongst the general masses.
Assistant Labour Commissioner, Kewekote Teno stated that any unorganized worker can visit the nearest Common Service Centre (CSC) with Aadhaar Card and saving/Jan-Dhan account documents for enrollment. He said that if any unorganized worker subscribes to the scheme and has paid regular contribution up to the age of 60 years, he will get a minimum monthly pension of Rs 3000 and if the subscriber dies, the spouse of the beneficiary shall be entitled to receive 50% of the pension as family pension. Family pension is applicable only to spouse.
Branch Manager of Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) Kohima, Aienla spoke on the pension fund to be managed by the LIC. She said that the LIC will act as a fund manager for the scheme and will also be a service provider for payment of pension to the subscriber.
The programme was attended by president of Kohima Traders Union and colleagues, students and unorganized workers besides the committee members.
Wokha: Special enrolment drive-celebration of pension week/pension saptah for Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Maan-dhan and National Pension schemes – Traders was held today in the DC’s conference hall, Wokha with MLA Dr Chumben Murry as the special guest.
Addressing the beneficiaries during the enrolment drive, Murry appreciated the Government for introducing such schemes for the unorganized workers, and encouraged all eligible persons to get themselves enrolled and avail the opportunity. He also added that with less investment the Government is contributing maximum returns to the beneficiaries and appealed to all the participants to spread awareness among their community to increase enrolment.
Deputy Commissioner, Wokha, Orenthung Lotha said it is a very good opportunity for the unorganized workers and encouraged eligible individuals to get enrolled for the success of this scheme.
Assistant Labour Commissioner, Wokha, Renchamo Ngullie informed that the programme will be a weeklong activity to reach out to all the beneficiaries involving the Common Service Centers (CSCs) service providers to help the beneficiaries to get enrolled.
After the programme webcasting of the event of PMSYM & NPS Traders was done followed by on spot registration/enrolment.
Kiphire: The special enrolment celebration programme was held in the DC’s Office Kiphire today and will continue till December 6.
Special guest, Chenithung Ovung, EAC Kiphire mentioned that the scheme is for the unorganized workers, and citizens should take responsibility for helping the Labour Department in creating awareness to disseminate the news for enrolment.
Peren: The celebration of pension week/pension saptah for PM-SYM & NPS- Traders was held in Peren today in the ADC’s conference Hall Old Peren Town.
ADC Peren, Moa Sangtam informed that once registration is done under PM- SYM & NPS – traders the beneficiaries should start maintaining minimum balance in their respective bank accounts. He encouraged the beneficiaries to avail the opportunity which in turn will benefit them in their future.
Tuensang: Programme for Tuensang district special enrolment drive, celebration of pension week was held today in the DC’s conference hall, Tuensang.
Assistant Labour Commissioner, Tuensang I. Rolongse Sangtam informed that the enrolment drive will continue till December 6, which would be free of charge. He urged the participants to avail the opportunity.
(Page News Service)