C.K. Saji Narayanan, president of the RSS-affiliated Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh, in conversation with Pragya Singh on the draft code for social security. Edited excerpts:
The code plans to merge Employees State Insurance and Provident Fund? Will it work?
Some 93.7 per cent workers are in the unorganised sector and not covered by social security. This code envisages universal application to workers, including the self-employed. That is historic.
The self-employed cannot finance their social security. So who will fund it?
The purpose of social security is to mitigate unexpected contingencies. In the unorganised sector the law has to provide for contingencies—welfare costs have to be shared by the government. Workers can participate, but not on par with high-income earners.
Is this a challenge?
Social security must be an enforceable fundamental right. The code has planned a separate fund for its 14 benefits. That is...