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Delhi Cabinet clears pension scheme for unorganized sector

NEW DELHI: A pension scheme for un-organised and informal sector workers was today cleared by Delhi government. 

A meeting of 
Delhi Cabinet, presided by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, cleared the proposal to launch Dilli Swavalamban Yojana. 

The pension scheme would be open to all workers in the age group of 18-60 years. Each of the workers will have to contribute Rs 1,000 per annum and an equal amount would be given by the city government. 

At the age of 60 years, a worker can withdraw 60 per cent of the total amount from his account and balance 40 per cent would remain in his account for which the beneficiary will be given pension. 

Any worker will have the option of exiting the scheme before attaining the age of 60 years. In case of the death of the beneficiary, the entire corpus amount will be given to his nominee. 

To avail the benefit of the scheme, a worker will have to be a resident of Delhi for at least three years at the time of enrollment in Dilli Swavalamban Yojana. 

Dikshit said all those working in unorganised and informal sectors such as hawkers, artisans, construction workers, leather workers, domestic workers, cobblers, rickshaw pullers, anganwadi workers, anganwadi helper, auto drivers and taxi drivers will be able to benefit from the scheme. 

The cabinet has also given its nod to a proposal for grant of ownership rights to those who were allotted houses under Subsidized Industrial Housing Scheme, 1952. 

The scheme was introduced by the union government under which 
Delhi administrationconstructed 4,844 quarters at different places with financial assistance from the Centre. 

In 1978, the scheme was modified to permit transfer of these quarters to those in occupation. A survey was conducted in 2005 which certified that 2873 allottees/occupants out of 4844 have been issued lease and covenance deed. 

In view of the recent decision of the city government regarding grant of freehold ownership rights in 45 Jhughi Jhopri resettlement colonies, the Labour Department has mooted a similar proposal in respect of quarters built under Subsidized Industrial Housing Scheme for grant of ownership rights. 

The Cabinet has approved the proposal and the same is being sent to the union government for its approval. 

In another decision, the Cabinet has given its nod for releasing payment of Rs 158 crore to DDA for a plot measuring 20.8 hectare for developing a permanent campus of the National Institute of Technology at Narela. 

The institute is at present functioning from a polytechnic campus at Sector-9, Dwarka. 

The Chief Minister said the Cabinet has decided to allow Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) to run Conservation Education Centre at Asola Bhatti Wildlife Sanctuary in Tughlakabad for a period of five years at a cost of Rs 2.23 crore.