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Tamil Nadu Govt Forms Welfare Board to Cater to Gig Workers

The state government is expecting more than one lakh workers to register under the Tamil Nadu Platform Based Gig Workers Welfare Board

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Tamil Nadu government's labour welfare and skill development department has constituted a welfare board to cater to gig workers, those who work in e-commerce services including online food delivery and cab aggregators.

The state government is expecting more than one lakh workers to register under the Tamil Nadu Platform Based Gig Workers Welfare Board.

While the state government has released orders, officials from the labour welfare department said that the administrative process for the newly formed welfare board is yet to begin, a report in The New Indian Express said. “At present, these workers can register themselves with the Tamil Nadu Manual Workers Social Security and Welfare Board and we will shift them to the dedicated board,” the report quoted an official as saying.

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“This will help them get basic social security benefits from a welfare board and we’re working on special benefits for platform workers,” the official said.

Those in the age group of 18-60 years can be part of this union.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin had on August 15 announced that a welfare board for platform workers will be formed as part of measures undertaken by the state government for the welfare of the unorganised workers, the release said. This is the 19th welfare board in the state for unorganised workers.

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