Madhu.T.K
Industrial Relations And Labour Laws

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Dear sir,

Please refer following things and find the attachment copy.

The Central Govt. has launched the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana (PMGKY) on 26.03.2020 to help poor fight the battle against Corona Virus.

As part of the PMGKY package, with a view to prevent disruption in the employment of low wage earning EPF members and support EPF covered establishments employing up to one hundred employees, the Central Govt. proposes to grant relief in form of credit of EPF & EPS contributions (24% of wages) for three months in UANs of contributory EPF members, earning monthly wage of less than Rs.15000/-, who are already employed in EPF covered establishments/factories employing up to one hundred employees with 90% or more of such employees earning monthly wage of less than Rs.15000/-.

My query is as follows:

1.Does Earning monthly wage mean BASIC WAGES (or) GROSS SALARY.

2.Do employer update Form 5A in online again even though employer updated earlier.

3.Does government reimburse to eligible establishments who is remitted already March 2020 Contribution towards EPFO.

Please clarify.


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File Type: pdf PR_PMGKY.pdf (58.5 KB, 46 views)
File Type: pdf SchemeCOVID_24_10042020.pdf (229.6 KB, 40 views)
File Type: pdf FAQonSchemefor3months.pdf (96.9 KB, 37 views)

1. Salary means the PF qualifying salary, ie, the salary on which you contribute PF
2. Updation on any matter is always good.
3. No refund can be expected. This is an arrangement available to those units who are UNABLE t pay contributions. If YOU COULD manage to pay it, pay it.
Very important.
You cannot postpone any payment just based on a statement given by a Minister. If that is to be taken for granted all employees who were below Rs 25000 would have been under ESI coverage in 2014 itself when the then Minister announced it just before his stepping down from power. Similar cases are available even after the new government came in to power. Announcements in a press meet shall be taken as announcements and not notification. Therefore, wait or the notification from the EPFO to come.

Dear sir,
Please refer below sentence which is mentioned in CERTIFICATE/ DECLARATION OF EMPLOYER, PMGKY
The total number of employees being ____ (EPF members and excluded employees), out of which _____employees earned EPF/EPS wages less than Rs.15000/- qualifying for Central Govt. relief.
As per above mentioned sentence, Shall we consider eligible employees who earned EPF/EPS wages less than Rs.15000/-
EPF/EPS wages means Basic wages (EPF/EPS wages=Basic wages). Is this correct.
We do not require to consider Gross salary for this case.
For Example:
One employee Gross salary: Rs.21,000 per month.
Basic wages: Rs.14,700 per month
We are deducting PF from Basic wages (Rs.14,700 per month)
Whether he is qualifying for Central Govt. relief.under Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana (PMGKY).


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This issue requires clarification from EPF Organisation.
Dear sir,
To find out eligibility for PMGKY,
1.We are considering Fixed Gross (i.e.Fixed Gross Wages less than Rs.15,000).
2.We are not considering Earned Gross (i.e.Earned Gross Wages less than Rs.15,000).
3.We are not considering Earned EPF/EPS wages (i.e.Earned EPF/EPS wages less than Rs.15,000).
But, In attached screenshot, Government has used the sentence as follows:
1.earning monthly wage of less than Rs.15000/- (up to Rs.14,999/-), who are employed in EPF covered establishments/factories employing up to one hundred employees with 90% or more of such employees earning monthly wage of less than Rs.15000/- (up to Rs.14999/-).
2.earned EPF/EPS wages less than Rs.15,000/- qualifying for Central Govt. relief.
We are considering Fixed Gross wages. Please clarify whether we are in right path.


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Dear sir,

As per EPF Rules, All the components will be considered as wages except HRA.

For Example:

Gross wages per month: Rs.20,000

Basic wages (70% of Gross wages): Rs.14,000

HRA (30% of Gross wages): Rs.6,000

Whether he is eligible for PMGKY.

As per EPF Rules, his wages [Rs.14,000] is less than 15,000. So, he might be eligible for PMGKY. Is this correct.

Lets come to Pradhan Mantri Rojgar Protsahan Yojana [PMRPY] scheme

The PMRPY scheme is targeted for employees earning wages less than or equal to Rs 15,000/- per month. Thus, new employees earning wages more than Rs 15,000/- per month will not be eligible.

As per EPF Rules, All the components will be considered as wages except HRA.

For Example:

Gross wages per month: Rs.20,000

Basic wages (70% of Gross wages): Rs.14,000

HRA (30% of Gross wages): Rs.6,000

Whether he is eligible for PMRPY.

As per EPF Rules, his wages [Rs.14,000] is less than 15,000. So, he might be eligible for PMRPY. Is this correct.

My query is as follows

Government has not paid employer's contribution 12% for eligible employees under PMRPY even though wages is less than 15,000. Government has mentioned the remarks as Gross/EPF wages greater than 15,000/-. Please refer attached ECR. But, As per EPF Rules, wages is less than or equal to 15,000.

Please clarify.

1.Why Government has not considered wages except HRA to find out eligibility for PMRPY.

2.Why Government has considered wages including HRA [Gross wages] to find out eligibility for PMRPY.

3.As per EPF Rules, wages definition is common to PMGKY and PMRPY. Government has not mentioned wages definition for each scheme (i.e.PMGKY, PMRPY).

4.Why we have to consider wages except HRA to find out eligibility for PMGKY.

5.Why we have not to consider wages including HRA [Gross wages] to find out eligibility for PMGKY.


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File Type: jpg Gross or EPF wages greater than 15,000.JPG (130.5 KB, 15 views)

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