Vendors, lawyers, dancers, brokers — Maharashtra master database to have all migrant workers

Migrant labourers in line to board a bus in Mumbai’s Dharavi to railway station Tuesday | PTI

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Mumbai: With a large number of migrant workers having left Maharashtra during the lockdown, and several of them having returned subsequently, the state government is now planning to maintain a master database of all migrant workers across 300 types of jobs ranging from welders to lawyers and brewers.

The state labour department plans to maintain this database along with information on all migrant workers across ten counts, including mobile and Aadhaar numbers.

“Due to Covid, many migrant labourers employed in Maharashtra returned to their states such as Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh etc. Similarly, some are also coming back to Maharashtra now,” an official from the state labour department said.

“Given everything that has happened over the past few months, it is important to have a list of all migrant workers employed in Maharashtra along with basic information about them,” said the official, who didn’t wish to be named.

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According to the Unorganised Workers Social Security Act, 2008, any industry with less than ten workers falls under the ambit of the unorganised sector, the official said. This includes those who are self-employed too.

On these lines, the state government has drawn up a list of 300 jobs, self-employed and otherwise, based on lists of unorganised labour drawn up by the Union labour ministry and the Census directorate.

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