National Social Security Board Meeting (1/2020) held online

Social Security Board under the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Immigration held the National-Level Social Security Board Meeting (1/2020) through videoconferencing yesterday afternoon in Nay Pyi Taw and Union Minister U Thein Swe, in his capacity as the Chairman of the National-Level Social Security Board addressed the meeting.
The Union Minister said that his office is focusing on implementing the four main pillars: to revive the economy and employment sector in response to the COVID-19 crisis based on international labour standards, to support work departments for employment and income generation, to protect workers in the workplace and to continue the social dialogue for solutions.
He continued the Social Security Board is accelerating the reform plans in information technology, medicine, administration and legal issues in collaboration with international organizations including ILO, while working to ease the process of the delivery of benefits and the payout of insured workers in order to reduce the delay in the process and is testing the Wave Money financial service system to allow the payment of benefits through the online payment.
He added a three-month deferral on contributions of employers and workers in the industries and workplaces covered by the project; increased financial benefits in medical and travel expenses from 6 months to 1 year during unemployment; and issuance of medical certificate (S-1) in accordance with the law and 60 per cent financial benefits to insured pregnant workers, COVID-19 affected workers and workers under quarantine.
The Union Minister also added that his office is providing medical treatment to 4,571 inpatients and 1,087,764 outpatients including those under treatment during the COVID-19 period in 2019-2020 fiscal year as well as COVID-19 positive patients since 14 November 2020.
The Ministry provided K19,791,178 million to 804,585 insured workers from 6,750 industries and workplaces as 40 per cent Social Security benefits from 13 May to 16 November and is also scrutinizing the issuance of the remaining insured workers.
A total of 67,792,563 million kyats has been earmarked for the second 40 per cent social security allowance for 979,109 workers in the workplaces included in the Stay-at-Home programmes during the second wave of COVID-19. From 24-9-2020, applications are being received through the Online Web portal and township offices. As of 30-11-2020, 42,486,246 million kyats have been approved for 674,001 insured workers from 5,780 departments that completed the application.
Union Minister concluded the meeting after Director-General for Social Security Board U Maung Maung Aye coordinated the meeting. The meeting approved the 37 bulletins and 5 points to be decided and further activities.
The meeting was also participated by the members of the National-Level Social Security Board, representatives from Employers and Employees Associations and specially invited guests.—MNA (Translated by Ei Phyu Phyu Aung)

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