A cabinet meeting of the Rajasthan government chaired by Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on August 29, 2023, approved a draft regulation, “Rajasthan Part-Time Contractual Hiring Rules-2023”, to provide retirement benefits to part-time workers in the state’s administrative departments. The move aims at providing the same benefits enjoyed by full-time employees.
The decision will pave the way for contractual, part-time workers to become eligible for financial assistance of Rs 2-3 lakh as retirement benefits, PTI reported.
A government statement, cited in the report, says: “The Cabinet has approved the draft of the Rajasthan Part-Time Contractual Hiring Rules-2023. Part-time workers will get a financial assistance package of Rs 2 to Rs 3 lakh at the end of their service.”
When Will Workers In Rajasthan Get These Benefits?
The part-time workers in various government departments of Rajasthan will receive this financial assistance after retirement, death, or termination of services.
In addition, part-time workers, who do not have much say in the salary structure, will benefit from the new rule. It will also ensure transparency in recruiting contractual workers, as they will be eligible to receive financial support at the end of their services.
Part-time workers, such as helpers, cooks, etc., will benefit the most from this decision. Further, the official statement said, “In the 2023-24 budget, the chief minister had announced the Rajasthan Part-Time Contractual Hiring Rules-2023” to provide financial aid on retirement to “honorarium workers working part-time like Anganwadi workers, helpers, cooks, farrash, etc.”
Retirement planning is a long-term process, but any financial assistance from the employer would go a long way in securing their financial security and make a huge difference in their lives. However, workers should know the benefits available and how to apply for assistance.
The government of India also offers various retirement and death benefit schemes, with guaranteed pensions, insurance, etc., to its employees.
Other Social Security Schemes In India:
Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana (PMJJBY): It offers life cover of Rs 2 lakh in case the person insured dies.
Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana(PMSBY): It also offers insurance cover of Rs 2 lakh for accidental death and total disability and Rs 1 lakh cover for partial disability.
Atal Pension Yojana (APY) and the National Pension System (NPS): A scheme where anybody can save and get the money back as a pension after retirement.
Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Maan-Dhan (PM-SYM): This old age protection scheme provides a minimum assured monthly pension of Rs 3,000 after 60. People aged 18-40 with a monthly income of Rs 15,000 or less can join this scheme.
As per the government data, there were 16.2 crore subscribers in PMJJY, 34.2 crore in PMSBY, and 5.2 crore enrolments in the APY scheme as of April 26, 2023. In the PM-SYM scheme, there were a total of 49,47,212 people enrolled as of July 25, 2023.