Govt sees 1 cr new jobs on 12% pension incentive for first three years: Labour minister Santosh Kumar Gangwar

New Delhi: The government hopes to create 1 crore new jobs by bearing the entire 12 percent of the basic salary that employers are mandated to make towards pension for the first three years for new employees. The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Wednesday approved payment for the entire 12 percent contribution for first three years for new staff.

"Our government is committed to creating jobs. The scheme which was implemented in 2016 had a provision for the government to pay for 8.33 percent of the pension contribution by employers.

Govt sees 1 cr new jobs on 12% pension incentive for first three years: Labour minister Santosh Kumar Gangwar. Reuters image.

Govt sees 1 cr new jobs on 12% pension incentive for first three years: Labour minister Santosh Kumar Gangwar. Reuters image.

"We have further expanded the scope of the scheme. It has been decided that for apparel, garment and textile segments, the full 12 percent of the employers' pension contribution will also be borne by government," Labour Minister Santosh Kumar Gangwar said at a briefing today.

Since the launch of scheme in August 2016, Pradhan Mantri Rojgar Protsahan Yojana (PMRPY), as many as 30 lakh workers have already benefited, he said.

"We feel that the government's decision will help create 1 crore new jobs, and we will increase budget provisioning by about Rs 6,500-Rs 10,000 crore under this scheme," he said.

Employees, who are already reaping the benefit of the 8.33 percent pension contribution, will be updated to the 12 percent bracket for the remaining period of their first three years, Gangwar said.

The government bears 8.33 percent employers' contribution to the Employees' Pension Scheme (EPS) for new workers under PMRPY.

Employees who have joined on or after 1st April 2016, having a new Universal Account Number (UAN) with salary up to Rs 15,000 per month, are covered under this scheme.

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Updated Date: Mar 29, 2018 16:23:46 IST

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