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Need of Extending Medical Facilities to the Workers of Un-Organised Sectors- Santosh Gangwar

Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Labour & Employment was the Chief Guest of 2nd Graduation Ceremony organized by ESIC Dental College & Hospital, Rohini, DelhiWhile addressing the gathering Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar wished all the graduating students a bright future and congratulated them on their achievement. He said that all graduates should perform their duties in the welfare of the society keeping the professional commitment in mind and serve their best to the country. He further stressed upon the need of extending medical facilities to the workers of un-organised sectors and to the people of the lowest strata of society. He also congratulated Faculty of ESIC Dental College and Hospital, Rohini, Delhi, and parents of Graduating students for support in successful completion of graduation

Meeting of Labour & Employment Minister with Central Trade Union Organizations on 12 Point Charter of Demands



The Minister of State for Labour and Employment(Independent Charge), Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar met the representative of all Central Trade Unions in Shram Shakti Bhawan on 7th November 2017 to discuss the issues raised in 12 Point Charter Demand of CTUOs. The meeting was attended by representatives of major Central Trade Unions including BMS, INTUC, AITUC, HMS, CITU, AIUTUC, TUCC, AICCTU, LPF, UTUC and NFITU as well as Secretary, Labour and Employment Mrs. Sathiyavathy and other the senior officers of the Ministry. 12 Point Charter Demand of CTUOs inter alia raises issues of minimum wages, price rise, unemployment, disinvestment, universal social security, compulsory registration of trade unions, increase in minimum pension under EPFO and strict compliance and enforcement of labour laws. The Minister said that the Government has highest regard for the consultative process and he is committed to uphold it. He referred to the calls for nation-wide demonstrations on 9th-10th and 17th November by the CTUOs and BMS respectively and appealed the Trade Unions to rather engage in the constructive discussions on each of the issue raised by them.

Minister said that the Government and the Ministry of Labour and Employment has consistently and continuously taken pro-labour decisions and initiatives. He talked about initiatives like simultaneous increase in Minimum wages, the provision for National Floor Level Minimum wages in the proposed Labour Code on Wages. The Bonus Amendment Act, the decision to enhance Minimum pension to Rs. 1000/- as well as the other initiatives taken by other Ministries.

Trade Union representatives primarily demanded the Government to address the issues of enhancing Minimum Pension to Rs. 3000/- as well as Minimum Wages. They also talked at length about the issues related to enforcement of labour laws, and social security for unorganized workers including growing contractualization.

A presentation was also made by the Ministry to present an updated status on the 12 demands raised by the CTUOs.

Addressing the Media persons the Minister expressed hope that the talks with the Trade Union Representatives was positive and it was done in a cordial atmosphere. He appealed to the Trade Unions to call off the proposed Dharna.

Experts Discussed Employment Generation Strategies in India

“Our Country has highest youth population in the world and every youth want jobs. Coming generations will not forgive us if urgent steps are not taken in the direction of employment generation”. These views were expressed by Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar, Union Minister of State (I/C) for Labour & Employment, while addressing the experts in a brain storming session on employment generation strategies organized by VV Giri National Labour Institute (VVGNLI) in Noida today. He said our Ministry do not directly creates employment but creates suitable environment to facilitate employers and employees. He further added that our government and Ministry are moving in right direction on the path to skill development and employment generation. He also referred to the historic decision of Demonetisation which has yielded lot of good results during the last one year. Shri Gangwar said beneficiaries of EPFO and ESIC have increased to one crore in the last one year. At the occasion Shri Gangwar also released four publications published by VVGNLI and inaugurated the renovated seminar block of the institute.

ESIC Stall in the India International Trade Fair Inaugurated



Employees’ State Insurance Corporation, a statutory organization under Ministry of Labour & Employment and the implementing agency of the pioneering Social Security Scheme in the country is participating in India International Trade Fair (IITF-2017), New Delhi to raise the awareness amongst the people about its benefits. The ESIC Stall (Hall No.-12-01-D) at IITF was inaugurated by Sh. Raj Kumar, Director General, ESIC on 14th November 2017. ESIC promotes ‘Startups’ which is also the theme of IITF-2017.

ESIC has scaled up its efforts to promote ‘Startups’ and incentivizing the entrepreneurs in setting up new start-up ventures by not-conducting inspection of Startups for initial 03 years of establishment unless credible and verifiable complaint of violation is filed in writing and approval has been obtained from the higher authorities and thus facilitating ease of doing business.

The Employees’ State Insurance Corporation is a pioneer Social Security organization providing comprehensive social security benefits like reasonable Medical Care and a range of Cash Benefits in times of need such as employment injury, sickness, death etc. The ESI Act applies to premises/precincts where 10 or more persons are employed. The employees drawing wages up to Rs.21,000/- a month are entitled to health insurance cover and other benefits, under the ESI Act. The Act now applies to over 8.73 lakh factories and establishments across the country, benefiting about 3.18 crores family units of workers. As of now, the total beneficiary population of ESI Scheme stands over 12.02 crores. Ever since its inception in 1952, the ESI Corporation has, so far, set up 151 Hospitals and 1467 Dispensaries

The Services in ‘Manufacturing of Alumina and Aluminium’ and ‘Mining of Bauxite’ declared as Public Utility Service for a further period of six months


The Services in industry ‘Manufacturing of Alumina and Aluminium’ and ‘Mining of Bauxite’ which is covered by item 30 and 31 of the First Schedule to the Industrial Disputes Act, 1947 (14 of 1947) have been declared to be a Public Utility Service for a further period of six months with effect from November 16, 2017. Earlier these services were declared as Public Utility Service for a period of six month with effect from May16, 2017.

EPFO lays down provisions to help Pensioners in submitting Jeevan Parmaan with ease




As per the provisions laid down, pensioners under Employees’ Pension Scheme, 1995 are required to submit Life Certificate annually in the month of November each year. From 2016 facility has been provided for submission of Jeevan Parmaan digitally as authentication for proof of identity of the individual pensioners.

In order to obviate the difficulties faced by the pensioners in submission of Jeevan Parmaan in the month of November 2017 following has been decided:

1) Those pensioners who have already submitted Jeevan Parmaan digitally for the previous year need not essentially submit digital Jeevan Parmaan for the current year. If they face any difficulty in doing so, they may submit paper based life certificate to the concerned pension drawing bank branches or can submit Jeevan Parmaan digitally as per their convenience.

2) Those who have not submitted Jeevan Parmaan digitally even once should submit Jeevan Parmaan digitally in the month of November 2017. The facility of submission of Jeevan Parmaan digitally are available in all offices of the Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO), pension disbursing banks and common service centre’s. Further, digital Jeevan Parmaan has been made available in the UMANG App of EPFO.

3) Life Certificate in physical form may be accepted from such pensioners who have genuine reason for non submission of digital Jeevan Parmaan and such reason should be recorded by pensioner while submitting the life certificate.

Suitable instructions to the field offices on above lines have already been circulated for compliance so that no pensioner faces any difficulty in this regard.

Following where are the key decisions of the Board:-

a) The Board took note of the 10 requests from ineligible establishments for waiver of damages during the period May 20, 2017 to September 30, 2017 which were earlier rejected by EPFO.



b) The Central Board started investing in Equity Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs) from August 2015. The Accounting Policy for valuation and accounting of equity investments were prepared in consultancy with IIM Bangalore. The observations of the CAG were also incorporated in the accounting policy. The same was approved by the Central Board.



c) Present decentralized system of EPFO for making payment to its beneficiaries involves higher cost of transactions, delays in recredits in case of failed transaction and does not provide for AADHAAR enabled payments. Hence, EPFO proposed to move towards the Centralised Payment System using National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) platform. The benefits of the proposed system are:-



· Funds will be transferred on the same day to the beneficiaries through NPCI platform.



· Office may reconcile the transaction status on T+0 basis. This will result in early recredit in the accounts of beneficiaries in the case of failed transactions.



· Availability of the facility of AADHAAR enabled transfer of funds.



· Transaction cost by way of bank charges will also come down.

The Board gave in-principle approval for the same.



The Central Board also took note of the recent IT based initiatives of EPFO for better services to its stakeholders:-

(1) Online Adhaar Verified UAN allotment to any citizen at Unifed Portal: Universal Account Number (UAN) is mandatory for filing the returns and depositing the contributions. However, the establishments face difficulties in seeding Aadhaar details of the employees. To obviate this difficulty, an open functionality has been introduced through which any citizen / present prospective employee can generate his/her UAN on the basis of Aadhaar and link his KYC details. The registration facility is available at Member Interface in the Unified Portal (https://unifiedportal-mem.epfindia.gov.in/memberinterface/). It being an online facility, there is no need to submit any physical documents.



(2) Introduction of Online request functionality to EPF Subscribers for correction in Name, DoB and Gender:



In line with the decision of Government for digital India, a functionality has been developed where member can give online request to his/her employer at Member Interface in the Unified Portal (https://unifiedportal-mem.epfindia.gov.in/memberinterface/) for correction in Name, DoB and Gender.

EPFO is committed to strengthen the e-governance system to bring more transparency and to provide better services to its stakeholders. EPFO has already launched a number of e-governance initiatives such as Electronic Challan-cum-Return, Member e-passbook, payment through National Electronic Fund Transfer, Online Registration of Establishments, Mobile governance, Online receipt of claims, Auto transfer of Accounts etc.

The 219th meeting of the Central Board of Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) held in New Delhi yesterday under the chairmanship of Union Minister of labour & Employment Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar.


Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar writes to Chief Ministers of all states to establish tripartite mechanisms comprised of Worker Group, Employer Group and Government Group at State Level




Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar, Union Minister of State (I/C) for Labour & Employment has written to Chief Ministers of all States to establish tripartite mechanisms comprised of Worker Group, Employer Group and Government Group at State Level for continuous engagement with Social Partners while formulating and implementing Labour Policies at State level, keeping in view the constitutional mandate of dual responsibility of State and Central Governments on Labour under concurrent list of Indian constitution and also India’s Commitment to international obligation under ILO Convention C-144.

He also cited that the tripartite mechanism of Indian Labour Conference & Standing Labour Committee at Central level has been working effectively since 1942 in formulating and implementing labour policies by Central Government.

Consumer Price Index For Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) of October, 2017

The All-India CPI-IW for October, 2017 increased by 2 points and pegged at 287 (two hundred and eighty seven). On 1-month percentage change, it increased by (+) 0.70 per cent between September, 2017 and October, 2017 when compared with the increase of (+) 0.36 per cent for the corresponding months of last year.

The maximum upward pressure to the change in current index came from Food group contributing (+) 1.94 percentage points to the total change. At item level, Rice, Milk (Buffalo), Onion, Bitter Gourd, Brinjal, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Carrot, Gourd, Coconut, French Beans, Green Coriander Leaves, Lady's Finger, Parval, Potato, Tomato, Torai, Cigarette, Cooking Gas, Doctor's Fee, Cinema Charges, Repair Charges, Tailoring Charges, etc. are responsible for the increase in index. However, this increase was checked by Arhar Dal, Fish Fresh, Poultry (Chicken), Chillies Green, Peas, Apple, Banana, Orange, Petrol, etc., putting downward pressure on the index.



The year-on-year inflation measured by monthly CPI-IW stood at 3.24 percent for October, 2017 as compared to 2.89 per cent for the previous month and 3.35 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year. Similarly, the Food inflation stood at 2.26 per cent against 1.30 per cent of the previous month and 2.99 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year.



At centre level, Darjeeling and Tiruchirapally reported the maximum increase of (10 points each) followed by Munger-Jamalpur (8 points) and Puducherry (7 points). Among others, 6 points increase was observed in 2 centres, 5 points in 8 centres, 4 points in 7 centres, 3 points in 8 centres, 2 points in 19 centres and 1 point in 14 centres. On the contrary, Mercara recorded a maximum decrease of 4 points followed by Goa and Bhavnagar (3 points each). Among others, 2 points decrease was observed in 1 centre and 1 point in another 6 centres. Rest of the 6 centres' indices remained stationary.



The indices of 33 centres are above All-India Index and 43 centres' indices are below national average. The indices of Madurai and Amritsar centres remained at par with All-India Index.



The next issue of CPI-IW for the month of November, 2017 will be released on Friday, 29th December, 2017. The same will also be available on the office website www.labourbureaunew.gov.in.
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