IMPHAL: The Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh Manipur State (BMSMS) has hailed the state Employees Provident Funds (EPF) office for allocation of Rs 9 crore EPF benefits amount towards 1201 contract health workers under the social security scheme in the midst of Covid-19 pandemic.
The BMSMS informed in a press release that though the employees’ share for the fund was regularly debited from their salaries from 2015 to 2020, there was no clarity to the employees about the status of their membership of the scheme. However, through the hard effort of the Manipur EPF special office the amount was allocated and now the contract health workers will be eligible to withdraw 75 percent of the amount that they have deposited. The arrangement of the benefits for the 1201 employees is an invaluable gift, said the press release.
It is also said that the employee beneficiary amount was added in the employee’s UAN numbers and were disburse from the MS Manipur State Health Mission society under the strong instruction and order of NE/SSO/Imp/1557724000/ Compliance/96 dated 16-03-2020, whereas the order of Regional Office No.NE/GHY/Enf/SSO/Imphal/2019/7414, dated 04/03/2020 enforced the deduction of EPF shares for the past years.
While describing the absence of an office building as one of its setback, it informed that the BMSMS North East In charge N Tomba Singh has submitted a written memorandum to EPFO and Labour Ministry urging for the construction of fully fledged office at the earliest in the state in order to lighten the inconveniences being faced by the health workers due to the lack of an office building.
The BMSMS further appealed to the authorities to allocate the official shares for the period 2015-2017 and 2019-2020 regularly for the welfare of the health workers. It further appealed to the EPF office to take up steps to enable the contractual employees of RIMS, JNIMS and Municipal bodies to avail social welfare benefits.