3,000 female irregular farmers included in social insurance system as of January: Minister

Ahram Online , Tuesday 22 Feb 2022

Three thousand irregularly employed female farmers (rural poineers) have been included to the social insurance system for irregular workers according to the social insurance law as of January 2022, Minister of Social Solidarity Nevine El-Qabbaj announced on Tuesday.

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The move will cost EGP 4.5 million annually, with minimum insurance wage of EGP 1,400 per month, the minister said in a statement.

The inclusion is the first of its kind in the history of Egypt's insurance system, the minister said, adding that the move has been taken because the female farmers are among the irregular workers covered by the social insurance law.

Therefore, the Ministry of Social Solidarity is set to establish a central association for female social leaders that will be responsible for paying their insurance and looking after their interests under the ministry’s supervision to provide an integrated package of social protection by coordinating with the relevant authorities.

The ministry has coordinated with the National Social Insurance Authority to include rural pioneers in insurance protection, which is in line with the presidential mandates to extend social protection to all categories of irregular workers, the minister said.

The National Social Insurance Authority has issued a decision to include rural women pioneers in the category of irregular employment, allowing them to enjoy all the benefits of the new social insurance law.

According to the statement, the rural pioneers will obtain a retirement pension, in addition to many other social benefits such as a pension for work injury, as well as life insurance pension of no less than EGP 916, which will gradually increase over the coming years.

Each pioneer will pay a required insurance contribution of EGP 126 per month and the ministry will transfer the contributions to the Social Insurance Authority.

In return, the state will contribute by paying EGP 168 per month for each rural pioneer, which is the employer’s share, bringing the total monthly subscription to EGP 294 for each female social worker, El-Kabbaj explained.

El-Kabbaj pointed out that several categories of irregular employment have been included in the social insurance system, such as members of the representative artistic unions, fishermen and waste recycling workers, as well as workers in the construction sector.

The Ministry of Social Solidarity seeks to include all categories of irregular workers in the social insurance system so that they can benefit from all the services provided by the state in the field of social protection, the minister stressed

President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi directed the government last year to scale up programs aimed at empowering rural women pioneers, with the aim of supporting the concept of universal social protection.

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