Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal during a review meeting of Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Maandhan (PMSYM) Yojana in Guwahati. Image credit - Twitter

Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Monday directed the Labour Welfare department to take necessary steps for including the mobile theatre artistes under Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Maandhan (PMSYM) Yojana.

The Chief Minister directed the officials of Labour Welfare department to act in this direction in a bid to ensure a secured future for the mobile theatre artistes.

The Assam CM while reviewing the implementation of the scheme also asked to extend the benefit of the scheme to ASHA, Anganwadi workers, weavers and workers of the unorganized sector who earn less than Rs. 15,000 per month.

It is to be mentioned that PMSYM is a periodic contribution based pension scheme.

Under PMSYM scheme, unorganized workers in the age group of 18-40 with income not exceeding Rs. 15,000 will get assured minimum amount of Rs. 3000 per month as pension at the age of attaining 60 years if they opt for the scheme.

The PM Kishan Maan-Dhan Scheme and pension for small traders were also discussed in the meeting.

Sonowal directed all the departments involved in the implementation of PMSYM to give adequate focus to ensure effective execution of the scheme.

He stressed on the need to generate extensive awareness at the grassroots so that people engaged in the unorganized sector get maximum benefit of the scheme.

Sonowal directed Finance, Agriculture and Labour Welfare departments to work in a coordinated manner in this regard.

Chief Minister Sonowal also instructed the departments to adequately highlight the features of Swacchta and Fit India Movement while carrying out awareness drives.

The officials of Labour Welfare department informed the Chief Minister that already awareness programmes in six districts involving 39 development blocks are in progress.

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