PM Modi launches Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Maan-dhan (PM-SYM) Yojana at

Vastral in Gujarat
Distributes the PM-SYM pension cards to select beneficiaries

PM-SYM Yojana at Vastral in Gujarat
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Scheme is envisaged for the crores of workers engaged in the informal sector

The scheme will assure a monthly pension of Rs.3000 for the enrolled unorganized sector workers during their old age

NEW DELHI, MARCH 05 : The Prime Minister, Mr Narendra Modi, today, launched the Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Maan-dhan (PM-SYM) Yojana at Vastral in Gujarat. He also distributed the PM-SYM pension cards to select beneficiaries. Over two crore workers at three lakh Common Service Centers across the country witnessed the launch event through video conference.

A historic day to make the most of old age

PM dedicates PM-SYM Yojana to 42 crore strong unorganized sector workers

Terming it as a historic day, the Prime Minister dedicated PM-SYM Yojana to the forty two crore strong unorganized sector workers in the country. He said that the scheme will assure a monthly pension of Rs.3000 for the enrolled unorganized sector workers during their old age. It is for the first time since independence that such a scheme is envisaged for the crores of workers engaged in the informal sector, PM added.

"It's [old age] not a surprise, we knew it was coming – make the most of it. So you may not be as fast on your feet, and the image in your mirror may be a little disappointing, but if you are still functioning and not in pain, gratitude should be the name of the game." ― Betty White, If You Ask Me

The Prime Minister explained in detail about the benefits of PM-SYM. A contribution of equal amount as that of the beneficiary will be made by the Union Government, PM said. He appealed to the informal sector workers earning less than Rs.15000 per month to enroll as beneficiaries in the nearby Common Service Centre.

Assuring that there would not be any hassles with the enrollment process, Modi told the gathering that only a form needs to be filled with Aadhar number and bank details. The cost incurred by the Common Service Centre for enrolling a beneficiary will be borne by the Union Government. "This is the miracle of Digital India", PM said.

"When grace is joined with wrinkles, it is adorable. There is an unspeakable dawn in happy old age." - Victor Hugo

"Time has laid his hand Upon my heart, gently, not smiting it, But as a harper lays his open palm Upon his harp, to deaden its vibrations."- HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW, The Golden Legend

The Prime Minister appealed to citizens to help and enroll in PM-SYM, those working in the unorganized sector, whether it is in one's house or in the neighborhood. He said that such actions by the affluent class will greatly benefit the poor.

"There is only one solution if old age is not to be an absurd parody of our former life, and that is to go on pursuing ends that give our existence a meaning. -SIMONE DE BEAUVOIR, The Coming of Age

He added that respecting dignity of labour will take the nation forward. The Prime Minister said that the various schemes initiated by the Union Government like Ayushman Bharat, Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana, PM Awas Yojana, Ujjwala Yojana, Saubhagya Yojana, and Swacch Bharat specifically target those working in unorganized sector. He also mentioned about the initiatives taken the government for the empowerment of women and girl children in the country.

"Softly comes Old Age, the thief, Steals the rapture, leaves the throes."- JAMES RUSSELL LOWELL, "Scherzo"

A thousand unknown plants

The PM-SYM along with the health coverage provided under 'Ayushman Bharat' and life & disability coverage provided under 'Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana' and 'Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana, will ensure comprehensive social security coverage for the workers in the unorganized sector at their old age.

Reiterating his strong stance against corruption, PM said that his Government is committed to eliminating middlemen and corruption. He added that the Prime Minister is always on alert.

"In youth all doors open outward; in old age all open inward." - HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW, Table-Talk

"Old age is gentle as an autumn morn; The harvest over, you will put the plough Into another, stronger hand, and watch The sowing you were wont to do." - CARMEN SYLVA, "A Friend"

"Old age. All the facial detail is visible; all the traces life has left there are to be seen. The face is furrowed, wrinkled, sagging, ravaged by time. But the eyes are bright and, if not young, then somehow transcend the time that otherwise marks the face. It is as though someone else is looking at us, from somewhere inside the face, where everything is different. One can hardly be closer to another human soul." ― Karl Ove Knausgård, Min kamp 1

"The only real change in life comes with the consciousness of old age. AUSTIN O'MALLEY, Keystones of Thought

"I used to think I preferred getting old to the alternative, but now I'm not sure. Sometimes the monotony of bingo and sing-alongs and ancient dusty people parked in the hallway in wheelchairs makes me long for death. Particularly when I remember that I'm one of the ancient dusty people, filed away like some worthless tchotchke."- SARA GRUEN, Water for Elephants