A Beginner’s Guide to an e-Shram Card Checklist

Radhika Dadhich

Radhika Dadhich

Dec 2, 2023

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The e-shram card is designed to help workers in the unorganized sector receive government benefits, such as pensions and financial aid. 

Simply put, e-Shram is a ‘yojana’ or scheme of the Indian government to provide social security to workers in the unorganized sector. The Ministry of Labour and Employment launched the e-shram portal in August 2021 to create a natural database of unorganized workers like migrant workers, gig and platform laborers, and construction workers.

Any person working in the unorganized sector should apply for a Shramik or e-Shram card through the concerned portal. With the e-Shram card, laborers and workers in the unorganized sector can reap multiple benefits, such as a pension after 60 years, insurance, financial aid in case of incapacity, and so forth. According to the latest statistics, around 28,602,000 e-Shram cards were issued by the labor ministry.

Benefits of Obtaining an e-Shram Card

E-shram Yojana works will benefit from PM-SYM and the National Pension Scheme for Traders. Some of the tangible benefits include:

  • A pension of INR 3000 after reaching 60 years of age
  • Death insurance of INR 2 lakhs and a financial aid of INR 1 lakh in case of partial handicap
  • Should a beneficiary with an e-Shram card die in a work-related accident, their spouse will be eligible for benefits.


Who is eligible for an e-Shram Card?

  • Any person working in the unorganized sector (which includes commercial units with less than ten workers and is not covered under the ESIC and EPFO)
  • The worker should be aged between 16 and 59 years.
  • Workers must have a valid mobile number linked with their Aadhar card.


E-Shram Card Checklist of Documents 

The e-Shram card checklist for documents includes:

  • Aadhar Card
  • Mobile number linked with Aadhar card
  • Bank account 

How do I apply for an e-Shram Card? 

You can apply for an e-shram card through the Common Service Center (CSC) or the e-shram portal. The steps include:


So, there it was: a crisp overview of the e-Shram card checklist and application process.

Summary: The e-Shram card is part of the Indian government’s efforts to create a database of unorganized workers and laborers and provide them with benefits.