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  • Tuesday, June, 2024| Today's Market | Current Time: 12:09:18
  • Mumbai : All Working Peoples Organization (AWPO), an organization dedicated for the betterment of workers especially engaged in unorganized sector has once again come forward to fight the cause of social security for working  people in the country. This registered organization has demanded to make necessary amendments in various sections of the Employee Fund Act 1952 to accommodate the growing needs of the workers working in unorganized sector.

    K. P. Jain, the President of the organization has said that seeing the deteriorating conditions of these workers in day- to-day life, there is an urgent need for the amendment in the laws. He said, “I put my demand before Parliament to  amend the act in such a way that even a single person working in unorganized sector or anywhere, is covered with provident fund benefits.” It is important to mention that EPF & MP Act 1952 applies to the establishments notified by the government in schedule-1 and employing 20 or more number of employees. This act does not apply to the workers in unorganized sector. “Not to speak of minimum 20 workers, now I demand the benifits of Provident Fund to those organizations where only one worker renders his/her services.” added Mr. Jain, who has been fighting for this cause over 25 years.

    There are approximately 6 million people are working in unorganized sector in Mumbai, 20 million in Maharashtra and almost 300 million employees/workers are working at pan India level, who are not covered under the present EPF & MP Act 1952. Today this act provides the benefits of EPF to the firms having more than 20 employees. However, people rendering their services rural and urban areas where they are employed with advocates, engineers, chartered accountants, doctors, architects, construction sites, small offices, shops, houses, religious places, drivers, peons, etc have always been deprived of such Economic and Social Welfare measures.

    “If everyone is given protection of Provident Fund then it would be a win-win situation for the all the party involved in it. Firstly, worker would get economical and social security cover, employers would get a cordial and constant relationship with the employee and finally the GDP would go up of our country because fund paid into this account would go to banks and hence banks would be able to operate with larger turnover.” Informed Mr. Jain. He also requested CM Prithviraj Chavan to pass this proposal in state assembly and send it to Honorable President of India.

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