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Big win for Rajasthan gig workers? Gehlot announces Gig Workers Welfare Act

The move has been welcomed as an acknowledgement of gig workers’ concerns, but will it have a real impact in their favour?

Gig workers on February 11, 2023 praised the Rajasthan government’s decision to introduce the first Gig Workers Welfare Act and the allocation of ₹ 200 crore to set-up a welfare board. A big win for gig workers: Last week, the Rajasthan government held its Budget session for 2023-24. During the Budget, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said, “To save these workers from exploitation and provide support the Gig Workers Welfare Act will be introduced. Under this, I announce the setting up of a Gig Workers Welfare Board and allocate ₹200 crore to create a Gig Workers Welfare and Development Fund.” Gehlot spoke about gig workers’ claims of contractual exploitation by companies like Ola, Uber, Swiggy, Zomato, Amazon, etc. on a ‘per transaction’ basis. Noting that Rajasthan already has 3-4 lakh gig workers, he talked about their need for social security – a benefit not provided by companies. Gig workers rejoice: Hailing the announcement, the Indian Federation of App based transport workers (IFAT) called the move a “monumental moment” for the entire informal sector workers and industries. In a press release, members hoped that the government’s decision will motivate other sectors to demand “their due entitlements.” “These efforts will go a long way in solving many unanswered and complex questions of the informal economy where over 94 percent (50 crores) of India's total workforce are employed,” said IFAT. Why it matters: Last month, gig workers in Rajasthan held a conference in Jaipur in anticipation if the legislation. Although the announcement is not…

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