Nagpur: Vidarbha Industries Association organized awareness program on Employees’ Enrolment Campaign (EEC) 2017 and EPFO New Policy for benefits of employees at VIA.
Animesh Mishra, Regional Provident Fund Commissioner-I, Nagpur (Vidarbha & Marathwada) addressed the industrial fraternity about the campaign. He said Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation(EPFO) has launched the Employees Enrollment Campaign, 2017, offering opportunity to the employers to voluntarily declare details of all employees hitherto deprived of social security benefits under EPF and MP Act 1952, who were entitled for membership between April 1, 2009 and December 31, 2016, but could not be enrolled.The enrollment drive offers a limited time window to employers to bring all eligible workers under social security net.The declaration scheme is operational between January 1 and March 31, 2017.
Some of the salient features include : the employee’s share of contribution if declared by the employer as not deducted, shall stand waived. The damages to be paid by the employer in respect of the employees for whom declaration has been made under this campaign shall be at the rate of Rupee 1(one) per annum. No administrative charges shall be collected from the employer in respect of the contribution made under the declaration.A declaration can be made under the campaign for the period for which no inquiry under section 7A has been initiated. If the employer fails to pay the dues, interest and damages payable by him in respect of the declaration made under this campaign within 15 days of the date of making the declaration, such declaration shall be deemed to have not been made under this campaign.
According to the provisions of Employees’ Provident Funds and Miscellaneous Provisions Act, 1952, the employer of an establishment covered under the Act is required to enroll all employees drawing wages of up to Rs 15,000 per month. The establishments that enroll new employees under the campaign will be eligible to draw benefits available under Pradhan Mantri Rojgar Protsahan Yojana (PMRPY) as well as Pradhan Mantri Paridhan Rojgar Protsahan Yojana (PMPRY). The Government pays 8.33 per cent contribution of employers share to the Employees’ Pension Scheme (EPS) in respect of new employees having Universal Account Number under the PMRPY. Under the PMPRY, for textile (apparel) sector, the government additionally pays 3.67 per cent towards EPF contribution for new employees required to be paid by the employers. EPFO has made special arrangements for the success of the campaign and appropriate assistance will be made available to employers coming forward to extend social security coverage to their employees. More details of the campaign are available at www.epfindia.gov
Members, HR Managers, Professional, Industrialists attended the meeting in large numbers.
Earlier, Aditya Saraf, Chairman – HRD Forum made opening remarks and said relaxations & incentives under new provident fund policy of EPFO, benefits available under Pradhan Mantri Rojgar Protsahan Yojana (PMRPY) as well as Pradhan Mantri Paridhan Rojgar Protsahan Yojana (PMPRY) and also conducted the program. Dr SuhasBuddhe, Hon. Secretary –VIA welcomed Animesh Mishra with floral bouquet. Pradeep Raut, Jt Secretary – BMA was prominently present.