Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur has urged the Union Minister of States for Labour and Employment Santosh Kumar Gangwar to waive off the condition of covering only those enterprises where 90 percent or more employees were drawing monthly wages less than Rs. 15000 under Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojna, in case of HP so that maximum people of the state could be benefitted.
In a letter addressed to the Union Minister of State, Chief Minister said that this scheme was launched by the Union Government in March, 2020 to benefit the most vulnerable section of the society.
He said that the scheme envisages to help the low wage earners in the organised sector, where the Union Government would deposit the Employees Provided Fund (Employer and Employees)
Chief Minister said that the scheme envisages helping the low wage earners in the organized sector, where Central Government would deposit the Employees Provident Fund (Employer & Employee share) of employees directly in their accounts for three months. He said that the wage earners eligible to avail benefit under this scheme are the employees drawing wages less than Rs. 15,000/- per month for enterprises having upto 100 employees, provided 90 percent or more of such employees are drawing monthly wages less than Rs. 15,000.
Jai Ram Thakur said that various Industrial Chambers and Associations of the State had represented that many of the industrial units in the State do not have 90percent of their employees drawing wages less than Rs. 15,000/- per month. Hence, the other low wage earners in these units are likely to be ineligible to avail the benefits under this Scheme, he added.
He said that in such situation, it is likely to create confusion and mistrust between the employees and the management in these companies, as the general impression is that the Government is paying the EPF contribution of all employees drawing a salary of less than Rs. 15,000/-per month.