Cabinet approves Rs 22,810 cr EPF subsidy scheme for job creation

The Cupboard on Wednesday approved a proposal to deliver employees’ provident fund (EPF) contribution to those employing added workforce for two yrs. This would charge the governing administration Rs one,584 crore in the existing monetary year and Rs 22,810 crore in the course of the full interval, from 2020 to 2023.

The proposal, Atmanirbhar Bharat Rojgar Yojana (ABRY), announced before by finance minister Nirmala Sitharman as part of stimulus bundle, aimed at building five-six million jobs by June following year, sources stated.

Under the bundle, the union governing administration will deliver subsidy for two yrs in respect of new staff engaged on or after October this year and upto June 30, 2021, information and facts and broadcasting minister Prakash Javdekar stated.

The governing administration will pay back staff as nicely as businesses contribution at 12 per cent of wages each and every in direction of EPF in respect of new staff in institutions employing up to one thousand staff for two yrs.

Nonetheless, it will pay back only employees’ share of EPF contribution at 12 per cnt of wages in respect of new staff in institutions employing extra than one thousand employee for two yrs.

An employee drawing month to month wage of less than Rs fifteen,000, who was not performing in any institution registered with the Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) prior to October just one, 2020, will be qualified for the advantage.

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Any EPF member possessing universal account range (UAN) drawing month to month wage of less than Rs fifteen,000 who designed exit from work in the course of Covid pandemic from March just one to September 30 this year and did not sign up for work in any EPF coated institution up to September 30, will also be qualified to avail advantage.

EPFO will credit score the contribution in Aadhaar seeded account of users in electronic fashion. The organisation will develop a computer software for the scheme and also develop a technique which is clear and accountable at their finish.

It will do the job out modality to ensure that there is no overlapping of rewards beneath this scheme with any other scheme implemented by EPFO.

This scheme is a important advancement from the preceding EPF subsidy scheme announced in March when the governing administration had resolved to only foot the EPF contribution of corporations with up to one hundred staff and wherever 90 per cent of the staff earned up to Rs fifteen,000 per thirty day period.

A critical element of the scheme is businesses will have to increase at the very least two new staff if they have whole workforce of less than fifty and businesses will have to hire a bare minimum of five new staff if their workforce is extra than fifty. They will have to preserve this bare minimum internet addition to their workforce each and every thirty day period from October this year to June 2021 to be qualified for the scheme, sources stated.

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Authorised a task to deliver submarine optical fibre cable connectivity among mainland Kochi and Lakshadweep islands. (KLI Project). The believed charge of implementation is about Rs one,072 crore which includes operational expenses for five yrs. The Project would be funded by the Universal Support Obligation Fund.

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