Regional Provident Fund commissioner warns against EPF violation Act

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Imphal: Necessary immediate action will be taken against the employers who failed to follow the guidelines of Employees’ Provident Fund (EPF) Act.

This caution was made by Regional Provident Fund Commissioner (RPFC)-I, North East Region, Guwahati, Khundrakpam Rupeshor on Friday.

He was speaking during a one day ‘Outreach programme on EPF and MP Act, 1952’ held at examination hall of Regional Institute of Medical Science (RIMS), here.

The programme was organised by Special State Office, Keishampat, under the aegis of Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO), Ministry of Labour and Employment, Government of India.

After considering the issues made by the state employees’ union, Rupeshor said, the employers should contribute the recommended amount for the employees who are enrolled for EPF scheme. Any employee can complain for action against the employer under the Act if the employer fails to contribute the money for the respective employee, he added.

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He appealed the employers to follow the guidelines of EPF Act by contributing proper amount for the respective employees. Immediate action shall be taken against failure to follow the guidelines.

Rupeshor said any employee can enroll in the EPF scheme as social security scheme. EPF officials should solve any sort of dispute between the employers and employees without biasness after hearing the reasons of the dispute from both sides.

During the programme representatives of employees’ union and trade unions placed various social security issues faced by the employees of both private and public sector including part-time or contract employees of public sector.

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Representative of All Manipur Trade Union Council (AMTUC), Ahongshangbam Premkumar said many part-time or contractual employees in different 17 government departments are still not allowed to enrol for EPF scheme even they are eligible to enrol for the scheme.

He said some of those government departments are PWD, PHED, MID, WRD, MSPDCL and others.

About 10 per cent of part-time or contractual employees including employees of private sectors get enrolled on EPF scheme, he added and appealed the EPF officer to take necessary steps after considering the employees who are eligible to enroll in the scheme but not given the opportunity for enrolment.

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He said due to the lack of manpower in EPFO, Imphal branch employees who wanted to get pension under the scheme have to go to Guwahati branch. He appealed the authority to take necessary steps so that beneficiaries of EPF schemes could do the same process at Imphal instead of going at Guwahati branch.

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