As part of the measures taken by the government due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced on May 8 that monthly the Employees' Provident Fund (EPF) contributions of both the employers and employees were to be reduced to 20 percent from 24 percent for the months of May, June and July 2020. It was under the Atma Nirbhar Bharat package.
The reduced EPF contribution amount was for three months. So starting from August 1 onwards the EPF contribution will get back to the earlier contribution of 24 percent which would be 12 percent each from the employee and the employer.
The idea behind the move, according to the government, is to offer support to workers and businesses who continue to face financial hardships in light of the coronavirus pandemic and the lockdown that followed.
During this time, the reduced contribution amount meant that the take home pays of employees would be increased while the employers could make some savings. The move was aimed to offer huge relief to around 3.67 lakh employers and 72.22 lakh employees. In the case of the Central public sector enterprises and the state PSUs will, however, continue to contribute 12 percent as employer's contribution towards EPF.