Cumin in camel’s mouth is EPFO’s monthly pension of Rs 1,000, parliamentary committee raised questions

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New Delhi. A committee of Parliament on Tuesday said that providing minimum monthly pension of Rs 1,000 to the subscribers under the Employees’ Provident Fund Organization’s (EPFO) pension scheme is too low. In such a situation, it is necessary that the Ministry of Labor takes forward the proposal to increase the pension amount. Parliament’s Standing Committee on Labor in its report tabled in Parliament on Demands for Grants 2022-23 said, “The monthly pension of Rs 1,000 fixed eight years ago is now too low.”

According to the Parliamentary Committee, it is necessary for the Ministry of Labor and Employment to pursue the matter with adequate budgetary support from the Finance Ministry as per the recommendation of the high-powered Monitoring Committee. Apart from this, EPFO ​​should evaluate all its pension schemes through experts so that the monthly member pension can be increased to the appropriate extent.

The Ministry of Labor had constituted a high-powered monitoring committee in the year 2018 to evaluate and review the Employees’ Pension Scheme, 1995. The committee in its report had also recommended that the minimum monthly pension for members/widow/widow pensioners be increased to Rs.2,000. Necessary annual budgetary provision should be made for this. However, the Finance Ministry did not agree to increase the minimum monthly pension from Rs 1,000. According to the parliamentary committee, many committees have discussed this in detail. From this the same conclusion comes that unless there is a proper assessment of surplus/deficit of EPFO’s pension scheme from experts, review of monthly pension cannot be done.

The report also said that EPFO ​​members, especially those who retired before 2015, are facing difficulties for ‘e-nomination’. Along with this, difficulties are also being faced in the functioning of ‘Online Transfer Claim Portal’ (OTCP). The Parliamentary Committee appreciated the efforts of EPFO ​​for greater use of information technology tools with the Digital India initiative. It also suggested that the Employees’ Provident Fund Organization should make more efforts for reforms to remove the problems of ‘nomination’ electronically.



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