What is in news : The labour ministry is set to launch a National Database for Unorganised Workers (NDUW) or e-Sharm portal
- Single-point reference that will help authorities to reach out to and track workers across informal sector. It will also offer welfare in times of crisis.
- Comprises of migrant workers, construction workers, gig and platform workers, domestic workers, street vendors, agriculture workers, migrant workers and other such sub-groups of unorganised workers.
- Using the platform, workers can self-enrol using their Aadhaar and mobile number.
- Besides, the common service centres and selected post offices will also help in registration process, where workers can visit and register themselves at no cost.
Informal Sector in India : As per the Periodic Labour Force Survey (PLFS), 90% of the workers in India are in informal sector. It amounts to 419 million of out of 465 million workers.