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Union Minister of State for Labour and Employment Rameswar Teli was left red-faced after a women beneficiary informed him that she had to pay Rs 100 for obtaining an e-Shram card after registration on the e-Shram portal, a national database of unorganised workers.
The incident took place on Saturday when a group of beneficiaries were being distributed e-Shram cards by Rameswar Teli at Dashrath Manjhi Institute in Patna. The government has announced that cards would be given to beneficiaries free of cost.
When Kiran Devi, a resident of Mohammadpur in Patna, was asked by Rameswar Teli whether she got her card for free, she said she had to pay Rs 100, surprising the Union Minister.
“You have paid money? Whom did you pay the money?” asked Rameswar Teli in front of Bihar labour minister Jivesh Mishra, who was also present on the stage.
Rameswar Teli sought a report from Jivesh Mishra on the entire matter and also directed that money should be returned to every person if they were made to pay for procuring e-Shram cards.
After the event was over, reporters questioned Kiran Devi about the matter. “I had made this card in my village for which I had to pay Rs 100. I gave the money to the person who made this card,” Kiran Devi said.
#WATCH | Bihar: “I paid money at a cyber cafe for E-Shram Card,” labourer Kiran Devi told Union MoS for Labour & Employment Rameshwar Teli during an event where the minister was distributing the cards to beneficiaries
The labourer later said that she paid Rs 100 for the card. pic.twitter.com/ANVtY75P09
Workers in the unorganised sector are being registered on the e-Shram portal, an initiative of the Central government.
The Centre has allocated Rs 704 crore for this project. The Centre pays Rs 20 to the Common Service Centre (CSC) for each e-Shram card.
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