Workers can apply for Aadhaar, PAN along with bank accounts in Gurgaon

Daily wage workers in Gurgaon who are without bank accounts will get a chance to apply for Aadhaar and PAN cards while opening their accounts, officials said.

Employers have been directed by the district administration to get necessary forms of their employees filled for the purpose and submit them for processing. A week-long campaign to open accounts for workers will start from Monday.

In a meeting headed by Ram Niwas, the additional chief secretary (Home), on December 13, representatives of the industrial associations and construction sector said that banks were not opening zero-balance salary accounts for workers. They also alleged that banks officials were demanding Aadhaar and PAN card for opening salary accounts, while a majority of workers do not have these documents.

Niwas had formed a committee to look into the matter and expedite the opening of bank accounts. The government has directed that the December salary of workers should be credited to their bank accounts.

The district administration had ordered a survey of workers without bank accounts earlier this month. Industrial associations have also submitted a list of the number of workers with various industries who are yet to open a bank account.

“Employers have been asked also to fill forms for Aadhaar and PAN card of labourers. Labourers will also be trained in digital payment modes for cashless transactions,” Jaibir Arya, additional labour commissioner of Gurgaon, said.

It is estimated that bank accounts are to be opened for more than 10,000 workers.

“Areas have been earmarked for holding camps from Monday. Bank and labour department officials have been directed to hold camps on time and cover the maximum number of labourers. Employers have been told get forms of Aadhaar and PAN cards filled,” Ramesh Chandra Nayak, district lead bank manager, who is coordinating the campaign, said.

Officials said that the camps would be held at five labour chowks and four industrial areas in Udyog Vihar and Manesar. Officials from the labour department and banks have been deputed as nodal officers and banks have been assigned different areas.

Nayak said that workers who already have bank accounts should not apply for opening new accounts to avoid duplicity. He said that their salary can be credited to their existing account.