1. Narendra Modi govt mulls 10 paise cess to provide social safety to coolies

Narendra Modi govt mulls 10 paise cess to provide social safety to coolies

Railway coolies -- roughly 20,000 -- may soon be part of the social safety net as the government is weighing a cess of 10 paise on every rail ticket to bring them under the ambit of schemes run by retirement fund body EPFO.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: January 1, 2017 11:02 AM

 

A back-of-the-envelope calculation suggests that this will help mobilise about Rs 4.38 crore every year, which will be enough to provide basic minimum facilities like PF, pension and group insurance to coolies. (Express Photo) A back-of-the-envelope calculation suggests that this will help mobilise about Rs 4.38 crore every year, which will be enough to provide basic minimum facilities like PF, pension and group insurance to coolies. (Express Photo)

Railway coolies — roughly 20,000 — may soon be part of the social safety net as the government is weighing a cess of 10 paise on every rail ticket to bring them under the ambit of schemes run by retirement fund body EPFO.

This will be part of the government’s overall efforts to bring over 40 crore unorganised sector workers under the social security net of the Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO).

A back-of-the-envelope calculation suggests that this will help mobilise about Rs 4.38 crore every year, which will be enough to provide basic minimum facilities like PF, pension and group insurance to coolies.

Indian Railways issues 10-12 lakh rail travel tickets everyday, including 58 per cent reserved tickets. Thus, the move can help mop up about Rs 1.2 lakh every day for the purpose.

Chairman of the Central Board of Trustees, EPFO’s apex decision-making body, Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya assured the members to look into the proposal mooted by employee representative Ashok Singh.

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Singh, the Vice-President of Indian National Trade Union Congress, had floated the proposal at the CBT meeting in Bengaluru on December 19.

A senior ministry official said, “The labour ministry will soon take up the proposal with Indian Railways and the finance ministry for levying the cess, which will be a negligible amount for passengers, but would help bring these 20,000 workers under the social security net of EPFO.”

The official is hopeful that the cess could be announced in the forthcoming general budget, which is likely to be tabled in Parliament on February 1, 2017.

The proposed cess of 10 paise is on every ticket sold by Indian Railways. It will not be levied per passenger. One ticket sold by Indian Railways can have multiple passengers.

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    Citizen
    Jan 1, 2017 at 12:32 pm
    Why should i pay for coolies. That's not my duty. Government may do something for them. Every individual is responsible for their own welfare.
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      rahul
      Jan 2, 2017 at 6:18 pm
      Instead of collecting from the public, why not MPs and MLAs and other so called public servants may give up their privileges like canteen facilities at subsidized rates in parliament house and embly houses, their travel fares so on so on son. Why can't they become first icon for public and why can't they serve country without claiming any remuneration.
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        Rajat
        Jan 1, 2017 at 5:48 am
        Thank you very much.
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          Sanjay
          Jan 1, 2017 at 7:31 am
          Coolies are already overcharging to pengers. Don'e penalize public for welfare of coolies.
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            Sundaresan Srinivasan.
            Jan 4, 2017 at 4:19 pm
            Don’t trust this EPFO organisation. Why should public pay for coolies fund when EPFO has amed the hard earned savings amounting to huge sum of Rs.45000 crores and has labelled it as unclaimed fund without repaying the same to the rightful EPFO contributed member and EPFO IS using part money of this unclaimed for their flagship programs/ investing in equities etc. EPFO has cheated EPFO contributors who have made lifelong contribution to this organisation. Rs.27000 Crores unclaimed money of EPFO members lying with EPFO.... News appeared in The HINDU Newspaper (Hyderabad) dated 31ST Jan 2015. Union Minister of State for Labour Bandaru Dattatreya said that this amount will be disbursed to the rightful persons within 2 months period. Regret that this promise not honoured by the Honourable minister. Instead unclaimed money of EPFO members rose to Rs45000/- crores by July 2016. Imagine the plight of the lifelong contribution made by the EPFO contributors, and they don’t get their rightful payment from EPFO. It is the workers money and must be refunded to them or their dependents. Many an applications could not be disposed because of bad practices followed by EPFO officials wanting share of claims. Workers got fed up by inaction on the part of EPFO.BJP government has already used several crores of amount from the above mentioned contributor’s fund in equities and in their other flagship programs. Lifelong savings money of EPFO contributor is being used by BJP government. Why this should happen? Why Govt is cheating EPFO contributors?
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            1. Ramachandran Tharakabhushanam
              Jan 1, 2017 at 5:43 am
              The PM would do well if he requests all the MLAs/MLCs/ and members of both the parliament and Governors and CMs, reduce their remuneration and other privileges, that would server all categories of citizens. Why always beg the citizens to promote their positions?
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