GUWAHATI, Sept 3 - Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has directed the officials of State labour welfare department to take necessary steps to include the mobile theatre artistes under the Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Maan-Dhan Yojana to ensure a secure future for them.
Reviewing the implementation of the scheme on Monday, he also asked them to extend the benefits of the scheme to ASHA, anganwadi workers, weavers and workers of the unorganised sector who earn less than Rs 15,000 a month.
PMSYM is a periodic contribution-based pension scheme. Under it unorganised workers in the age group of 18-40 years with income not exceeding Rs 15,000 will get assured minimum amount of Rs 3,000 per month as pension upon attaining 60 years of age if they opt for the scheme.
PM Kishan Maan-Dhan Scheme and pension for small traders were also discussed at the meeting.
Sonowal directed all the departments involved in implementation of PMSYM to give adequate focus to ensuring effective execution of the scheme. He stressed the need to generate extensive awareness at the grassroots so that people engaged in the unorganised sector get maximum benefits from it.
He directed the finance, agriculture and labour welfare departments to work in a coordinated manner. He also instructed the departments to adequately highlight the features of Swacchta and Fit India Movement while carrying out awareness drives.
The officials of the labour welfare department informed the Chief Minister that already awareness programmes in six districts involving 39 development blocks are in progress.
Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister Sanjay Lohiya and senior government officials attended the meeting.