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EPFO to loop in 1 crore workers through higher wage ceiling of Rs 25,000

Hike in the wage ceiling would mean an additional burden of about Rs 2,700 for the Centre

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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Retirement fund body, Employees' Organisation (EPFO), is likely to raise this month the for mandatory coverage under its to Rs 25,000 a month, from Rs 15,000 at present, bringing additional 1 crore formal sector workers in its net.

The proposal to increase the was listed for the EPFO's trustees' meet held last Thursday.

"The proposal was deferred due to paucity of time and would be taken up at another meeting being planned for later this month," trustee D L Sachdev said.

Sachdev, who also All Trade Union Secretary, said: "The back of the envelope calculations indicate that this move could bring in additional over one crore formal sector workers under the net of scheme in view of recent hike of minimum wages by states like breaching Rs 15,000 mark."

According to the proposal tabled by the in its apex decision-making body the Central Board of Trustees' meet last Thursday, the hike in the would mean an additional burden of about Rs 2,700 for the central government.

The central government currently contributes 1.16 per cent of total basic wages of the EPFO subscribers towards the Employees' Pension Scheme 1995 which put an annual burden of around Rs 6,750 crore.

"The central government is contributing Rs 6,700 crore for around four crore contributing members of EPFO at the wage ceiling of Rs 15,000 per month. Thus, the additional burden estimate of Rs 2,700 crore on ceiling hike indicates clearly that this move should bring over one crore additional formal sectors under the EPFO coverage," Sachdev said.

CBT has already decided to reduce the threshold for coverage under the EPFO scheme for employers to 10 workers from existing 20 workers but the amendment to this effect has not been made in EPF & MP Act, he added.

Once the Act is amended for reducing the threshold, around 60 lakh additional formal sector workers would be covered, he said.

EPFO runs three — Employees Scheme 1952, Employees Pension Scheme 1995 and Employees Deposit Linked Scheme 1976.

First Published: Sun, April 02 2017. 13:04 IST