The eShram portal launched on August 26, 2021, by the Ministry of Labour and Employment to create a National Database of the unorganised and migrant workers and to provide them with a Universal Account Number (UAN). The portal has received unprecedented response from the unorganised and migrant workers of the country. As on February24, over 28.60 crore workers have registered on the eShram portal.
One of the objective of the eShram portal is to extend the benefits of social security and welfare schemes to unorganised workers especially migrant workers, and to identify workers who are deprived of the various benefits of the welfare schemes of the central and state Government due to lack of awareness or otherwise.
With this objective, Ministry of Labour and Employment initiated matching of the eShram beneficiaries’ data with the Ration Card (National Food Security Act (NFSA)) data available with the Department of Food and Public Distribution(DFPD). The complete data set of ration cards was made available by the DFPD to the Ministry of Labour and Employment. On matching of the two data sets, it has been observed that out of total 28.60 crore eShram registrants, about 20.63 crore eShram registrants are registered in NFSA database of DFPD and about 7.96 core eShram registrants are yet to get registered on NFSA data.
Ministry of Labour and Employment is conveying the details of all eShram registered unorganised and migrant workers who are not yet registered on NFSA to DFPD so that these eShram registrants may also be included under database of DFPD as per their eligibility. This initiative will ensure that Ration Card benefits under NFSA is made available to all eligible workers registered on eShram.
The eShram portal is already integrated with National Career Service (NCS) portal and more than 10 lakh eShram registrants have registered on NCS to get benefits of domestic as well as international jobs available on NCS portal. Further, eShram portal is also integrated with PMSYM portal to facilitate eShram registrants getting benefit of pension scheme of the ministry.