House panel to examine pension plans for non-unionized workers

Parliament’s Labor Standing Committee, led by veteran Biju Janata Dal leader Bhartruhari Mahtab, has decided to review pension schemes for workers in the unorganized sector. This is in addition to topics such as the functioning of EPFO, with particular reference to the functioning of the EPF pension scheme, which are already selected by the jury. The committee also decided to examine various job creation programs run by the Centre.

A panel member said the decision to include additional topics was made after representations from unions and the general public.

“The panel will look at welfare pensions run by the Center and the states. Many of these pensions are not being provided properly. For example, there are complaints that the construction workers welfare fund is misused. Workers cannot withdraw their money when they are in need. Pensions are delayed in several states,” said one panel member.

He said the group would carry out an assessment of all these pensions.

“There are complaints even against the government pension. If it is delayed for several months, the pension for non-unionized workers makes no sense. We will also consider the demand for a universal pension for all workers,” said he added.

ETH minimum pension

The panel had recently urged the Union Labor Department to sit down with the Union Finance Department over the issue of not increasing the minimum ETH pension to ₹2,000 from ₹1,000.

“We had decided to consult various stakeholders to increase the minimum pension. Discussions on this issue will start now although we had a preliminary discussion on this when we discussed the grant applications,” the MP added.

The panel had discussed various job creation programs when discussing the grant applications. The panel will study each program and its effectiveness, another member said.

“The committee wanted economic recovery measures to follow a job-rich approach, supported by stronger employment policies and a better endowed and more comprehensive social protection system. International coordination on recovery plans and Debt relief measures, especially for MSMEs, will prove to be very critical for the multi-pronged approach towards an effective and sustainable recovery,” the panel said in a recent unemployment report.

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March 19, 2022

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