The Indo-German Social Security Programme (IGSSP) provides technical advice to the Indian Ministry of Labour and Employment for the implementation of the Unorganised Sector Workers’ Social Security Act, and to help improve the social security system for workers in the unorganised sector and their families.
The programme, with special focus on those living below the poverty line, runs from April 2011 – June 2014.The programme is divided into four components, including health insurance, old age pensions, and life and accident insurance. The fourth component of the programme will promote coherence between different social security systems and support an Indo-German social policy dialogue.
The programme will provide policy and strategy advice at the central level, and will carry out training, capacity development and quality management work at central and state levels. At the same time, on a smaller scale, it will also distribute some flexible start-up financing.
Health insurance has been introduced in cooperation with private insurance companies, and these partnerships will be developed further in the course of the programme.
The main Indian programme partner is the Directorate General for Labour Welfare at the Indian Ministry of Labour and Employment, which is the body responsible for implementing the Unorganised Sector Workers’ Social Security Act. Support under the programme will also be provided to other ministries in the field of social security, such as the Ministry of Finance, and related organisations. Moreover, the structure of the programme foresees public and private sector involvement at various levels.