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RSS-affiliated BMS demands to double wage ceiling under ESI & EPF

New Delhi, July 10 (UNI) The Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS), an affiliate of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), has demanded to double the wage ceiling under Employee State Insurance (ESI) scheme and Employees Provident Fund (EPF) to widen the net of social security benefits for workers.
"The current ceilings are too low and not in tune with the rise of income and prices. Further enhancement will also widen the coverage of the scheme to a large section of workers," the BMS said in a statement here on Wednesday.
The Employees’ Provident Funds and Miscellaneous Provisions Act, 1952 is applicable to factories and notified classes of establishment employing 20 or more employees with monthly EPF wages up to Rs 15,000 per month. Similarly, the Employees’ State Insurance (ESI) Act, 1948, is applicable to all factories and establishments employing 10 or more persons working in the organized sector and drawing wages up to Rs 21,000 (Rs 25,000 for persons with disabilities).
In a meeting with Minister of Labour and Employment Mansukh Mandaviya, the RSS-affiliated labour union also proposed to increase the minimum pension for workers.
The BMS leadership also demanded early implementation of the Code on Wages (2019) and Code on Social Security (2020), calling them revolutionary.
"The Code on Wages will confer for the first time minimum wages up to the last worker in the country. The Code on Social Security provides many social security benefits to the world of work, including 43 crore of unorganized workers. These two codes are big steps towards the universalisation of labour welfare benefits," it said.
The union, however, called for amending various provisions of the other two labour codes namely Industrial Relations Code 2020 and Occupational Safety and Health Code 2020 stating that they contain many anti-worker provisions.
The BMS underlined the need for urgent reforms in the Employee's State Insurance Scheme, improving hospital facilities, and providing health benefits through empanelled hospitals.
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