ANDHRA PRADESH STATE SOCIAL SECURITY BOARD
UNORGANISED WORKERS’ SOCIAL SECURITY ACT, 2008 AND A.P.RULES, 2012
The Unorganized Workers Social Security Act, 2008 to provide for the social security and welfare of unorganized workers constituting ninety four percent of total employment in the country. Welfare schemes being implemented by central government for beedi workers, non-coalmine workers, cine workers, handloom weavers and fishermen and the welfare schemes implemented by the state governments for certain categories of unorganized workers still left a large number of unorganized workers not protected under any welfare/social security scheme requiring a comprehensive Act to protect all categories of unorganized workers. The U.W.S.S. Act aims to cover the entire unorganized sector workers constituting 93% of the total employment in the country.
Government constituted the A.P. State Social Security Board was constituted under Section 6 and Rule 3 of A.P. Unorganized Workers Social Security Rules, 2012 vide G.O.Ms.No.68 & 42 of LET & F (Lab.IV) Department dated 05.07.2012 and 21.08.2013.
The social security schemes of the central government incorporated in Schedule-I of the Act are as follows:-
1. Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension Scheme,
2. National Family benefit Scheme,
3. Janani Suraksha Yojana,
4. Handloom Weavers’ Comprehensive Welfare Scheme,
5. Handicraft Artisans’ Comprehensive Welfare Scheme,
6. Pension to Master craft persons,
7. National Scheme for Welfare of Fishermen and Training and Extension,
8. Janshree Bima Yojana,
9. Aam Admi Bima Yojana,
10. Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana.
Status of implementation of the Act: Government of Andhra Pradesh notified State Rules under Unorganized Workers Social Security Act, 2008 vide G.O.Ms.No.20, LET&F (Lab.IV)Department, dated 17.2.2012 and constituted Andhra Pradesh State Social Security Board The State Rules do not contain certain provisions essential for implementation of the Unorganized Social Security Act, 2008. Comprehensive draft new rules of A.P. Unorganized Social Security Rules, 2013 were submitted to Government in superseding the Rules issued vide G.O.Ms.No.20.
On the instructions of the Government, the Commissioner of Labour and A.P. Labour welfare Board is being implementing Pilot Projects for certain categories of unorganized workers like Coconut debarking and peeling workers, Auto drivers, Domestic workers, street vendors and transport workers pending amendment of rules.