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DIPR, Kohima

Tuesday, 5th March 2019



            Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi (PM-SYM) Maadhan Pension Scheme for Unorganized Workers organized by the Department of Labour & Employment, Skill Development & Entrepreneurship was launched on 5th March, 2019 at Secretariat Conference Hall, Kohima.

            Speaking at the program Chief Secretary, Nagaland, Temjen Toy, IAS said that the PM-SYM pension scheme for unorganized sector was announced during the presentation of Union budget on 1st February 2019. He also said that the scheme is launched officially today at the national level and across the state and simultaneously in all the districts.

            Toy said that so many similar schemes were launched but unfortunately the Nagas are not able to take advantage of various schemes announced earlier. He called upon all to think of our own people who are earning their daily wages in town or in villages as such schemes are targeted towards them.

            He stated that though the Labour and Employment departments are the nodal department each of us individually or as department need to spread awareness of the scheme to our people. He said only when we reach out and spread awareness within our own circle and in the villages about the scheme only then, it will benefit the greater section of our people who are in the unorganized sectors.  He urged all to spread the message and get as many people to enroll in this scheme as there are only some privileged few in the organized sector in our Naga society.

            Branch Manager, LIC, Kohima, Shelphomran Khaling briefing on PM-SYM said that the scheme is being introduced under section 3(1)(c) of the unorganized workers social security Act (UWSS Act), 2008 which mandates the central Government  to formulate and notify suitable welfare scheme for unorganized workers on matters relating to old age protection.

            He highlighted that PM-SYM is voluntary and periodic contribution based Pension system meant for unorganized workers with income up to Rs 15,000 per month and eligibility criteria age between 18-40 years. This scheme provides for a fixed pension of Rs 3000 after attaining the age of 50 years on a monthly contribution of a small affordable amount during their working age. Also after the subscribers death (after age of 60 years), the spouse of the beneficiary shall be entitled to receive 50% of the pension received by the beneficiary as family pension. Another feature is that if a beneficiary has given regular contribution and died due to any cause (before age of 60 years), his/her spouse will be entitled to join and continue the scheme subsequently by payment of regular contribution. Also after the death of subscriber as well as his/her spouse, the entire corpus will be credited to the fund. He added that the matching contribution will be 100% funded by the GoI, while PM-SYM would be administered by Ministry of Labour Employment in partnership with LIC. Also LIC will be the pension Fund Manager and responsible for pension pay out.

            He further mentioned that, for the enrollment process interested eligible person should visit nearest Common Service Centre (CSC) along with Aadhar Card, Saving Bank Account, amount in cash for enrollment under the scheme.

            He also informed that as per NSSO surveys 2011-12, there are about 42 crore people engaged in the unorganized sector and the number of workers in age group 18-40 is about 25 crore. Also the targeted beneficiaries in age group 25-35 are expected to be about 10-12 crore and about 10 crore people beneficiaries are expected in the next 4- 5 years.

            Project officer Directorate of Labour T. Chubayanger also highlighting about the Unorganized Workers Social Security Act 2008 said that Act to provide social security and welfare for the unorganized workers. He also said that unorganized worker are those who do not have a definite income and who lives by the daily wage they earn.  He also added that there are other sections of people who have definite income but their income are below fifteen thousand can also join the scheme like construction workers, domestic workers etc.

            He stated that though they are the nodal department for the scheme but they will only be the facilitator to educate the people and help identify the unorganized sectors and all the enrolment will be done in the Common Service Center (CSC). He also announced that the CSC have enrolled 260 beneficiaries across the state and the enrolment is still going on.

            The Programme was chaired by Commissioner & Secretary, Labour & Employment, Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Anenla T. Sato. Earlier distribution of PM-SYM Pension Cards was given away to the beneficiaries by Chief Secretary, Temjen Toy.

            Live streaming of the launching program by Prime Minister of India was also witnessed by the AHODs, HODs and officials at the secretariat conference hall.


                                                                                    (Esuihangle & Tovikali, IA)



            The launch programme of Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Maandhan (PM-SYM) Pension Scheme for Unorganized Workers was held on 5th March 2019 at Conclave Conference hall, LCS Building Kohima. Under the scheme the central government shall establish a pension fund to be administered by the government in consultation, whenever required, with the National Board. The eligible subscriber, who joins the scheme, shall subscribe to the Pension Fund as determined by the Central Government from time to time of such joining in accordance with the age of the subscriber. The Central Government shall also contribute to the Pension Fund the equal amount as contributed by an eligible subscriber. The provisions of the scheme shall apply to the unorganised workers who are working or engaged as home based workers, street vendors, mid-day meal workers, head loaders, brick kiln workers, cobblers, rag pickers, domestic workers, washer men, rickshaw pullers, landless laborers, agricultural workers, construction workers, beedi workers, handloom workers, leather workers, audio-visual workers and similar other occupations.

            Deputy Commissioner Kohima, Anoop Khinchi, IAS also made a short speech on the benefits of the scheme and encouraged all who are eligible to apply and avail the benefits of the Scheme. He also distributed the Shram Yogi cards to the new applicants of the Scheme.

            The launch programme was chaired by Neimenuo, Labour Inspector while a short of the PM-SYM Scheme was given by Kewekote Teno Asst. Labour Commissioner Kohima District.

            The launch programme was followed by the Live Screening of Launching event from Ahmedabad by the Prime Minister of India.

                                                                                    (Morotsung Longchar, IA Kohima)




            The launching programme of the Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Maandhan (PM-SYM) was held at DC’s conference hall Wokha on 5th March 2019.

            Deputy Commissioner, Wokha Dr. Manazir Jeelani Samoon, IAS while addressing the beneficiaries during the launching function said, this is a new scheme introduced by the Government of India for the unorganized sectors having no formal term of employment or have no social security benefits, he also added through this scheme the government wants to push in benefits to the unorganized workers where he encouraged the participants to take advantage of this scheme and get enrolled to avail the benefits.

            DNO ESIC, Lanuyanger, while giving a brief note on PMSYM said, the scheme is meant for old age protection and social security of unorganized workers who are mostly engaged as rickshaw pullers, street vendors, mid-day meal workers, head loaders, brick kiln workers, cobblers, rag pickers, domestic workers, washer men, home based workers, agriculture workers, construction workers, audio-visual workers or in similar other occupations.

            There are estimated 42 crore such unorganized workers in the country and through this scheme the government targets to cover 10 crore in the next five years. Under this scheme 18 to 40 years are eligible for enrolment to avail the benefits. Enrolment will be carried out by all Common Services Centres (CSC).

            Later the DC distributed cards to beneficiaries, live telecast for the launching by the Prime Minister of India was witness by all the participants. On-spot enrolment was also done later in the day. The function was chaired by Assistant Labour Commissioner, Wokha, Renchamo Ngullie.


                                                                                    (Zubenthung, IA Wokha) 



            Pradan Mantri Shram Yogi Maandhan (PM-SYM) a Pension scheme for unorganized Workers was launched at Jalukie Town hall by EAC Jalukie, C. Wangan at 10:30 AM on 5th March 2019.

            Wangan in his address appeals the public to avail the facility which is at their doorsteps. He also handed over the PM-SYM Pension Cards to beneficiaries of the District. Keynote address was presented by CSC District Manager Peren, Kanzang followed by interactions on the new scheme. He also inform the public that the scheme is meant for old age protection and social security of unorganized Workers who are mostly engaged as rickshaws pullers, street vendors, mid-day meal workers etc with an estimated 42 crores of unorganized Workers in the country. He also added that entry age for the scheme is from 18 to 40 years with monthly income of Rs 15000 or below. The function was chaired by Yolise Sangtam, Labour Inspector Dimapur.


                                                                                    (DPRO Peren)



            Launching programme of Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Maandhan (PM-SYM) Pension Scheme for unorganized workers was held at DC Conference hall, Kiphire on 5th March 2019.

            SDO (Sardar) Kiphire, Longdiba L. Sangtam in his short speech said that it is an important scheme especially for the unorganized workers that the Government of India has introduced officially all over India. He said that Kiphire district are also fortunate to hold this programme and requested the beneficiary to get registered themselves for the scheme. He appealed to the Labour department to facilitate and guide about the features of the scheme to the unorganized workers and direct them to the nearest CSC.

            Common Service Centre Kiphire, Horiba also explained in details about the schemes and encouraged the workers to get registered for the scheme. He informed that the minimum joining age will be 18 years and each subscriber under (PM-SYM) shall receive minimum assured pension of Rs.3000 per month after attaining the age of 60 years. He also requested the unorganized workers to visit the common centre service office to clarify their doubt as they are ready to help them out. Shram Yogi Pension card was given to 5 beneficiaries by CSC team. The programme was chaired by K. Rothrongki, Labour Inspector.

                                                                                    (Wangshikokla, IA Kiphire)



            Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Maan Dhan (PM-SYM) launching programme was held on 5th March 2019 at DC Conference Hall, Mon.

            Deputy Commissioner Mon, Thavaseelan K, IAS who was the Special Guest on the occasion said that, ‘PM-SYM is a Voluntary and periodic contribution based pension system meant for unorganized workers with income up to Rs. 15,000/- per month’. The unorganized workers as defined in section 2(m) of the UWSS Act 2008 include home based workers, street vendors, head loaders, brick kiln workers, cobblers, rag pickers, domestic workers, washer men, Rickshaw pullers, rural landless labourers, own account workers, agricultures workers, construction workers, beedi workers, handloom workers and other unorganized sector workers, he added.

            Thavaseelan also mentioned that, any unorganized workers with age between 18-40 years can join the scheme. This scheme provides for a fixed pension of Rs 3000/- after attaining the age of 60 years on a monthly contribution of a small affordable amount during their working age. And for registration of this scheme, one can visit Community Service Centre along with Aadhar Card and Saving Bank Account/Jan Dhan account number with IFSC, he added.

            Further, he assured for maximum coverage of this scheme for the beneficiaries in the district. And later, he distributed the PM-SYM pension Card to the beneficiaries.

            Assistant Labour Commissioner Mon, Visa Khonuo Ndang delivered the welcome address and Nonkhao Konyak highlighted the PMSYM pension scheme. The programme was chaired by Chingkap, Labour Inspector and Invocation prayer was said by Lumei Konyak President, KNSK. The programme was followed by Live Screening of launching the scheme by Hon’ble Prime Minister.

                                                                                    (K.K. Chim, IA Mon)




            The launching programme of Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Maan- Dhan (PM-SYM) of Dimapur District was held on 5th March 2019 at Deputy Commissioner’s Conference Hall, Dimapur with DC Dimapur as special guest.

            Briefing on PMSYM Asst. Labour Commissioner, Dimapur W. Temwang Konyak said that the PMSYM is central sector open to unorganized workers, whose monthly income is Rs 15000/- or below. The minimum age of joining the scheme is 18 years and the maximum is 40 years. It is a voluntary and contribution based scheme under which the subscriber would be paid an assured minimum monthly pension of Rs. 3000 from the age 60 years onwards. The contribution under the scheme is to the extent of 50% by the subscriber and 50% by Government of India. The scheme is being administered by the Ministry of Labour & Employment and implemented through common service centres and Life Insurance Corporation of India.

            The category of unorganized workers include agricultural workers, construction workers, street vendors, mid- day meal workers, head loaders, brick kiln workers, cobblers, rag pickers, domestic workers, washermen, rickshaw pullers, landless labourers, handloom workers, leather workers, audio- visual workers and similar other occupation whose monthly income is Rs 15000 or less and belong to the entry age group of 18-40 years.

            Eligibility criteria

  1. Should be an unorganized workers
  2. Entry age between 18 to 40 years
  3. Monthly income Rs. 15000 or below
  4. Should not be engaged in organized sector or with membership of EPF/ NPS/ ESIC and should not be an income tax payer.
  5. He/ she should possess Adhar card and saving Bank Account/ Jan Dhan Account number with IFSC.

            Interested eligible person can visit nearest CSC centre. Location of CSC can be ascertained from the information page on web sites of LIC of India, Minister of Labour and Employment and CSC.

            DC Dimapur, Kevekha Kevin Zehol in his address said that Government of India has come up with a brilliant idea to help the unorganized workers to give pension after their active life is over. He appealed everyone who is eligible to avail the opportunity. He requested the labour officers to play a very pro- active role not like just doing a government job but to take it as a missionary role and facilitate everyone who is eligible.

                                                                                                (Sebu IA Dimapur)




          A total of 30 farmers from Kohima and Phek attended the one day awareness campaign on Medicinal & Aromatic Plant held at the Conference Hall, Directorate of Land Resource Development, organized by Government of India Ministry of Micro Small & Medium Enterprises Branch-MSME Development Institute Dimapur, Nagaland in Association with MSME-Technology Center Imphal and Nagaland Bio Resource Mission, Kohima on 5th March 2019.

          At the inaugural programme Special invitee, T. Imkonglemba Ao, IAS, Principal Secretary & Agriculture Production Commissioner & Mission Director, NBRM said that this is a new set up and the first time where MSME and the bio resource are in collaboration to work together. MSME was set up in all the states but unfortunately nothing much could be made productive because of people’s mentality to look for the bigger picture ignoring the smaller one, yet MSME bring 70 % of the industrial annual production.

          He said that for any sector the grass root level units should be given much importance for starting any large scale industries. Power is a factor which we need to consider to venture into any sector of industries. Marketing outlets as well as transportation cost should be calculated and planned before setting up any new venture. Perishable items become a loss in transportation so he urged the MSME group to venture out by providing production machine introducing portable machines in a landscape like north east as the topography and road conditions become unsuitable.

          He quoted ‘Our venture in this sector is so near yet so far’. Nagaland is richly blessed with lots of areas to cultivate organic products and have discovered more than 700 items labeled to be medicinal crops and plants yet we tend to ignore this.

          ‘Entrepreneur – Business with an innovative mind’ remarked MSME – TC Imphal, Dr. Yoiren Tomba Singh. He said that our environment and landscape is a gold mine on medicinal and aromatic plants and it’s high time to spread awareness and focus exploring to its maximum. Since we have good knowledge in Traditional medicines we should realize that this sector can be turned to a vast commercial sector and generate income into a larger scale.  A hindrance to the farmers is that they ignore to explore about the market outlet which is a vital step for any entrepreneur to chalk out and plan his venture.

          He said MSME aims to turn traditional farmers to entrepreneurs. MSME can take the main role in developing and facilitating the farmers giving technical support and training by adopting different methods on how and which crop to be cultivated accordingly along with the region suitable for that particular plant.

          Later, preview on the program was briefed and highlighted by Assistant Director, MSME-DI Dimapur, Nagaland, M. Sabarigiri. The programme was chaired by Team Leader, NBRM, Dr. Kruolalie Tsurho and the vote of thanks was proposed by Team Member, NBRM, Lanusunep Aier.


(Siizo Kikhi IA)




            Deputy Commissioner, Mokoklchung, Rejash Soundararajan has informed all concerned DPDB members that Mokokchung District Planning and Development Board (DPDB) meeting will be held on 7th March 2019 at Dobashi Court, SDO (Civil) Changtongya Office, Changtongya Town from  11:00 am onwards.

            The meeting will be chaired by the Chairman, DPDB Mokokchung, Imnatiba and other elected members will also be attending the meeting. Therefore, all the DPDB members have been requested to take note of the same and attend the meeting without fail.


                                                                                    (DPRO Mokokchung)




            Deputy Commissioner Zunheboto, Shanavas C. IAS in a notification stated that the monthly DPDB Zunheboto meeting scheduled to be held on 8th March has been postponed as DC’s conference hall renovation is yet to be completed. Date, time and venue will be informed latrer.


                                                                                    (DPRO Zunheboto)



            Dr. Ayangla Saku, DPO RCH & VIP, Mokokchung has informed that Intensive Pulse Polio Immunization (IPPI) for children between 0-5 years will be held at Mokokchung on 10th March (Sunday) 2019.

            Therefore, to ensure all children between 0-5 years receive the Polio drops, parents and adults are asked to take their children to the nearest IPPI Booth. All citizens are requested to co-operate with the Health workers and volunteers to make this endeavor a success.

                                                                                    (Lanukaba, IA Mokokchung)




The Department of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, in a notification, has informed a State Empowered Committee to monitor the ban of single use plastics in the State has been constituted with the following Members and with immediate effect.

  1. Abhishek Singh, Principal Secretary

Urban Development Department                                            –           Chairman

  1. Rovilatuo Mor, Secretary, Home Department –           Member
  2. Martha Ritse, Additional Secretary,

Rural development Department                                              –           Member

  1. Dr. Y. Atsase Thongtsar, OSD,

Environment, Forests & Climate Change Department           –           Member

  1. Elizabeth Ngully, Joint Secretary,

Urban Development Department                                            –           Member

  1. Sentiwapang, Joint Secretary,

Industries and Commerce Department                                   –           Member

  1. Linda Solo, Joint Secretary,

Public Health Engineering (PHED) Department                    –           Member

  1. Limawati, Director,

Information and Public Relations Department                       –           Member

  1. Rusovil John, Member Secretary,

Nagaland State Pollution Control Board                                –           Member

  1. Rongsenmmenla, Under Secretary,

Municipal Affairs Department                                                –           Member

  1. Kovi Meyase, Administrator Kohima Municipal Council –           Member
  2. Thangi Manen, Retired Comm & Secy to the

Govt of Nagaland                                                                   –           Special Invitee

The Term of Reference (TOR) of the empowered Committee will be:-

  1. The Committee will draft the guidelines and time frame for enforcing total ban of plastics in the State as notified by the Government.
  2. Suggest measures and actions to be taken for the effective implementation of the ban.
  3. Monitor the progress on the implementation of the ban. To receive feedbacks from Government Agencies, NGOs, other stakeholders and issue instructions thereof.





The District Administration in collaboration with the District Education Department launched a Self-defence Taekwondo course for a period of 3 months w.e.f March till May 2019 for the girl students of Residential Girls hostel, run by the SSA, Phek under Beti Bachao Beti Padhao program on 4th March 2019 at Girls Residential Hostel, Phek. The SDO Civil in her speech remarked that girls should be empowered with various skills in today’s generation to face the challenges of the world. The instructors assured to train the girls to the best of their ability.


                                                                                    (DPRO Phek)



            Deputy Commissioner Dimapur, Kevekha Kevin Zehol, NCS distributed bio- degradable bags to NGOs, DMC Dimapur and administrative officers on 4th March 2019 at the DC Dimapur office campus. The biodegradable bags was received under the Chief Minister’s Corpus Fund as part of the plastic free Nagaland programme. Kevin handed over the Green Solution bags to Dimapur Chamber of Commerce, Business Association of Nagas, East Dimapur Business Association, ADCs of Niuland and Medziphema, CMO Dimapur, DMC and DC office Dimapur.           DC Dimapur urged upon the people for judicious use of the environment friendly bags so that the use of plastic bags would be discoiuraged to certain extent.


                                                                                    (DPRO Dimapur)



            The Ward Adoption Committee for 10th Northern Angami-I A/C under the chairmanship of MLA Khriehu Liezietsu organized and sponsored a sports meet for their adopted ward ‘Kenezou Colony’ at I.G. Stadium, Meriema, Kohima on 2nd March 2019. The programme was organized under the aegis of Kohima District Planning and Development Board activities 2018-2019.

            The main idea of organising the sports meet was to create oneness in order to maintain unity among the colony and also to celebrate the successful culmination programme of the adopted ward. During the sports meet, tug of war between the women group and football match between the colony representatives and the youths were played where prize distribution for the winners and runners-up were presented.

            The committee extended its gratitude to MLA, Khriehu Liezietsu for his support and contribution towards the committee and also thanked the colony representatives for their participation in all the activities initiated by the committee.

            With the objective of lifting the living standard of the rural villages especially those villages, which are economically and educationally behind others, the Kohima DPDB in the year 2010 brought out a concept known as Village Adoption Program. However, under the present scheme, from the concept of selecting the poorest or the most under developed areas, it was decided to select one village or ward each year from each of the six Assembly Constituencies under Kohima District by the chosen committee.

                                                                                    (DPRO, Kohima)