Labour laws need comprehensive amendments: EPFO

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Summary“Labour laws including Employees Provident Fund need comprehensive amendments because these were enacted 50-60 years back amidst mistrust when the employer was considered as the exploiter of labour”.

“Labour laws including Employees Provident Fund need comprehensive amendments because these were enacted 50-60 years back amidst mistrust when the employer was considered as the exploiter of labour”.

The observation assumes significance as it came from Central Provident Funds Commissioner, R.C.Mishra during seminar organized by the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry here today on Employees’ Provident Funds and M P Act – Implementation and Difficulties. Mishra said said that the labor laws which were enacted 50-60 years back were based on the mistrust when the employer was usually considered as the exploiter of the labour. But now the mindset has changed and the labour is considered as partner with the employer in the process of production. Therefore labour laws including the EPF and MP Act needs comprehensive amendment.

Accepting the need of a Permanent Account Number and non availability of a central database in EPFO, . Mishra added that they are working towards a process where redundancy in work can be reduced and allotment of PAN on priority basis to the casual worker. He also stressed the need for continous dialogue with the stakeholders to resolve the issues and mentioned that he has created a committee of group of senior officers of EPFO to find out the difficulties of stakeholders and suggestions for the amendments of law, if needed.

Addressing the seminar, B K Panda, Additional Central Provident Fund Commissioner New Delhi said that due to computerization from April 2012, 86 % of the cases of settlement and 80 % of the cases of transfers etc have been settled within the stipulated period. He also mentioned that the process of computerization shall reduce the paper work to a great extent. S.K.Khanna, Additional Central Provident Fund Commissioner, Punjab and Himachal, S.K.Aggarwal, Regional Provident Fund Commissioner, Chandigarh and Punjab, S.C.Goyal, Regional Provident Fund Commissioner, Himachal and S.C. Sharma, Regional Provident Fund Co missioner, headquarters also aired their views.

Past President and Chairman, Industrial Relations Committee, PHD Chamber, Ravi Wig said highlighted the difficulties faced by the casual workers who usually changes their job depending upon availability of work for short durations. Under the existing accounting system, it is very difficult for a casual worker to get his PF accumulation back. He suggested that allotment of PAN which could be accessible from any place would be the only solution to help such casual workers.

Dalip Sharma, Regional Director, PHD Chamber emphasized that the compliance

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