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Labour Ministry invites consultation on rules for social security benefits for gig, platform workers

The government has invited public comments for draft rules on how gig workers and platform workers will be given benefits under the Code on Social Security, 2020, which was passed in September. The draft rules lay out the formation of a National Social Security Board for Gig Workers and Platform Workers and solidifies the mandatory registration with Aadhaar which it has briefly indicated in the law. The ministry said it has already "initiated action" for a website for Aadhaar-based registration of workers.  The Code on Social Security for the first time recognised the gig economy — gig workers, platform workers, and aggregators, and made space for their benefits around life and disability cover, accident insurance, health and maternity benefits, etc. Aggregators such as Zomato, Uber, and Ola, will have to contribute between 1–2% of their annual turnover to such social security funds for workers, this amount will be capped at 5% of the total amount payable to gig workers and platform workers. The Union Labour Ministry notified the draft rules in the gazette on Friday (November 13) inviting comments for 45 days thereon. This should be until December 28. It's worth noting that under the code, the government has to make draft rules public for 45 days before issuing it in the Official Gazette, except in case of a pandemic [Section 158].   Mandatory registration with Aadhaar Gig workers and platform workers aged between 16 and 60 years, who have been engaged for at least 90 days with an aggregator…

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