Many significant steps have been initiated by the Left Front
government for the working class, especially in regard to social
security for the workers in the unorganised sector.
17 lakh unorganised workers have been enrolled in
the Provident FundScheme till date. The government
also provides financial assistanceof Rs. 1500 per month to
workers of closed factories and tea gardens. Pension of
Rs. 1000 per month is paid to old age persons,
widows, the disabled, artisans, handloom weavers, farmers and
fishermen. The government has recently extended the
Employment Guarantee scheme to the urban poor at a
minimum wage of Rs. 100 per day.
West Bengal has the largest number of functioning small
manufacturing units in the country (27 lakhs) as well as the
largest number of employment in them (58 lakhs). 10.4 lakh
Self-Help Groups (SHGs) are also functioning in West Bengal today,
employing over 1crore persons. The Government is providing
interest subsidy to the SHGs to ensure loans at only 4% interest.