National Insurance Services on wheels
In keeping with the principle of "solidarity" the National Insurance Services (NIS) continually seeks for innovative and creative ways to extend social security coverage to all categories of workers.
This is aimed chiefly at women who engage in Agriculture and men who pursue fishing as a principle means of making a living and others who are involved in small businesses and industries, but who may not be covered or are only partially covered.
In 2003, the Social Security Management instituted a "NIS on Wheels" program to extend coverage to employees and self-employed persons (persons in the Informal Sector) including women in the rural areas of St. Vincent and also in the Grenadines islands. To date five such programs have been undertaken and part of our 2009 work program includes a "NIS on Wheels" pageant to the residents of Union Island in the Southern Grenadines, where we have recently established a sub-branch. The program will continue indefinitely because new selfemployed persons will emerge and regular employed persons will attain the insurable age of 16. Also, some persons who have contributed to the system and who are not aware of their benefits will be educated.
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