The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister, has given its approval for enhancing the scope of Pradhan Mantri Rojgar Protsahan Yojana (PMRPY). The Government of India will now contribute the Employer’s full admissible contribution for the first three years from the date of registration of the new employee for all the sectors including existing beneficiaries for their remaining period of three years.
Earlier only 8.33% contribution was being made for the registered employees with UAN (Universal Account Number). Now across all sector, the complete 12% (of employer’s share) in EPF and EPS fund will be contributed by the Government.
This will act as an incentive to the employer and social security to the employees. The employees of MSME ( Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises) earning less than INR 15,000 will get benefited.
The informal sector workers would get social safety net and there would be more job creation. Till now, the scheme has produced quite encouraging results and have added about 31 Lakhs beneficiaries to the formal employment involving an expenditure of more than Rs. 500 crore.
PMRPY has been in operation since August 2016. In this scheme, Government is paying the 8.33% contribution of Employers to the Employees’ Pension Scheme (EPS) in respect of new employees (who have joined on or after 1st April 2016) having a new Universal Account Number (UAN), with salary up to Rs. 15,000/- per month.
The PMRPY scheme is targeted for workers earning wages up to Rs. 15,000/- per month. Publicity and awareness campaign is an integral component of the PMRPY scheme for encouraging employers including Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) to avail benefits.
The scheme has a dual benefit i.e., on the one hand, the employers are incentivized for increasing the employment base of workers in the establishments, and on the other hand, a large number of workers will find jobs in such establishments. A direct benefit is that these workers will have access to social security benefits of the organized sector.