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Last Updated : Sep 21, 2020 05:02 PM IST | Source: PTI

Coronavirus impact: 38.71 lakh EPF members withdraw Rs 44,054.72 crore since March 25: Labour Ministry

The maximum amount of Rs 8,968.45 crore EPF withdrawals from March 25 to August 31 were recorded in Maharashtra against 7,23,986 claims, followed by Karnataka Rs 6,418.52 crore for 4,84,114 claims and Tamil Nadu (including Puducherry) Rs 5,589.91 crore for 6,20,662 claims.

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As many as 38,71,664 employees provident fund (EPF) withdrawal claims worth Rs 44,054.72 crore were settled since March 25, Parliament was informed on Monday.

The government had imposed the nationwide lockdown on March 25, 2020, to contain deadly coronavirus.

Total 38,71,664 EPF withdrawals claims from EPF accounts worth Rs 44,054.72 crore were settled till date since lockdown was imposed (March 25 this year), Labour Minister Santosh Gangwar said in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha.

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These withdrawals also include COVID-19 claims, as per the reply.

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The maximum amount of Rs 8,968.45 crore EPF withdrawals from March 25 to August 31 were recorded in Maharashtra against 7,23,986 claims, followed by Karnataka Rs 6,418.52 crore for 4,84,114 claims and Tamil Nadu (including Puducherry) Rs 5,589.91 crore for 6,20,662 claims.

The total EPF withdrawals in Delhi during the period stood at Rs 3,308.57 crore for 3,16,671 claims.

A non-refundable COVID advance from the EPF by amending the EPF Scheme, 1952 was unveiled earlier.

As part of the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana announced by the government to address COVID-19 situation, the EPF scheme was amended to provide for a non-refundable advance from the provident fund account of a member not exceeding the basic wages and dearness allowances of that member for three months or up to 75 percent of the amount standing to his credit in the EPF account, whichever is less.

In order to ameliorate hardship faced by the labourers due to economic disruption caused by COVID-19 pandemic, various initiatives have been taken by the Ministry of Labour and Employment as part of Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana (PMGKY) and Atmanirbhar Bharat.

These include payment of 12 percent employers’ share and 12 percent employees’ share under employees’ provident fund (EPF), totalling 24 percent by the government for six wage months from March to August 2020 for all the establishments having up to 100 employees with 90 percent of such employees earning less than Rs 15,000 monthly wage.

Besides, the government also reduced EPF contribution from 12 percent to 10 percent of wages for the wage months of May, June and July 2020.
First Published on Sep 21, 2020 04:36 pm
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