Organisation unifying the entirety of Indian Central Government Employees and Workers on a single platform of struggle and advance.
Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Ministry of Communications
PREMIUM PAYMENT PERIOD FOR POSTAL LIFE INSURANCE & RURAL POSTAL LIFE INSURANCE EXTENDED UPTO 30TH APRIL 2020
Posted On: 30 MAR 2020 5:16PM by PIB Delhi
In view of the threat posed by the outbreak of Corona Virus (COVID-19), and the complete lockdown across India, Directorate of Postal Life Insurance(PLI), Department of Posts, Ministry of Communications has given an extension of period for payment of their due premium of March 2020 upto 30th April 2020 without charging any penalty/default fee. Directorate of PLI said that although many Post Offices are functional as part of essential services, Postal Life Insurance/Rural Postal Life customers are facing difficulty in approaching post offices for payment of premium. Therefore, as a measure of convenience to all the PLI / RPLI customers, the period of payment has been extended.
The decision is likely to benefit approximately 13 lakh policy holders (5.5 Lakh PLI and 7.5 Lakh RPLI)who have not been able to pay premium for current month. As compared to about42 lakh policy holders who paid premium last month, only 29 lakh of them have been able to pay premium for this month till today.
Customers registered on portal have also been advised to pay premium online using PLI customer Portal. RJ/NG(Release ID: 1609288)
UNION LABOUR MINISTRY NOTIFIES
AMENDMENT IN EPF SCHEME TO ALLOW WITHDRAWAL OF NON-REFUNDABLE ADVANCE BY EPF
MEMBERS IN THE EVENT OF OUTBREAK OF PANDEMIC
EPFO DIRECTS ITS FIELD OFFICESTO IMPLEMENT THE AMENDMENT
Posted On: 29 MAR 2020 12:14PM by PIB Delhi
The notification GSR
225(E) issued by Ministry of Labour and Employment amending the EPF Scheme 1952
allows withdrawal of non-refundable advance by EPF members in the wake of COVID
-19 pandemic in the country. The notification permits withdrawal not exceeding
the basic wages and dearness allowance for three months or upto 75% of the
amount standing to member's credit in the EPF account in the event of outbreak
of epidemic or pandemic.
COVID-19 has been
declared pandemic by appropriate authorities for the entire country and
therefore employees working in establishments and factories across entire
India, who are members of the EPF Scheme, 1952 are eligible for the benefits of
non-refundable advance. A sub-para(3) under para 68L has been inserted in the
EPF scheme,1952.The amended scheme Employees Provident Fund (Amendment)
scheme,2020 has come into force from 28th March,
notification, EPFO has issued directions to its field offices for promptly processing
any applications received from EPF members to help them fight the situation. In
its communication EPFO has stated that officers and staff must process claims
of EPF subscribers promptly so that relief reaches the worker and his family to
help them fight with COVID-19.
We fully appreciate various decisions taken by the Government of India
to combat the menace of the spread of the Covid 19 Virus in the country. The
Central Government employees will do their best to ensure that the decisions of
the Government are implemented as quickly as possible.
While acting upon these decisions, our members
have brought to our notice certain matters, which we felt appropriate that we
should inform you to ensure that the scarce resources are put to the best use.
As the financial year
ends on 31st March, 2020, amounts allocated in the budget needs to be utilized
within this date. If any expenditure however important that may becannot be disbursed within such stipulated
time, will have to wait till the allocation of funds in next budget which may
be delayed for obvious reason. This will disturb the functioning of various
Ministries/ Departments. Further this will create additional burden in next
budget. Redundant to say all such important payments are not urgent and can be
spent a little later i.e. immediately after normalization of situation.
Now, in practice most
of the DDOs will try to prefer the ' bills' to Treasury/ Pay and Accounts
Offices within such stipulated period and Pay and Accounts Offices will be
under pressure to make payments.This
will definitely disturb the Government endeavour for Social Distancing. On the
other side expenditure for huge amount will remain pending.
circumstances we request you to consider allowing the utilization of Budgeted
amount for 2019-20 after 31st March, 2020. and within a period considered
appropriate by you.
This will enable
proper utilization of the allocated amount for this financial year, smoothen
the functioning of Departments/Ministries and will help the Social Distancing
to a great extent.
I am directed to draw your attention to the
order issued by you in pursuance of Disaster ManagementAct ,2005 dt 24.03.2020 and addendum on it
issued on 25.03.2020. In these orders Treasury function has been declared as
Essential Service and all Pay and Accounts Offices are required to be kept open
albeit with "bare minimum staff". Now I would request you kindly to
consider the fact that all payments are not essential and related to the
management of present crisis. Pay and Accounts Offices needs to be kept open
only for purposes specific to the need of present situation.
general order to run all PAOs will unnecessarily work as anathema to the
decision of “lock down “aimed at Social Distancing.
I would request you kindly to issue further clarification/ directives to keep
open the only specified functions of PAOs and close the rest during this
Sub: Preventive measures to fight against Corona Virus (Covid-19).
Though Health Ministry and Department of Personal and Training have issued advisories to follow certain preventive measures to fight against Corona Virus which is spread in various parts of the country. But in some Departments still instructions issued by Health Ministry and DOPT are not being followed.
Some of the Departments who deal with the public directly it is very difficult to maintain social distancing.
It is therefore, requested very kindly , like school, Colleges and other working sectors, Govt. Offices should also be closed temporarily till the normalcy restores. It will be very much helpful to stop spread of Corona which is a pandemic.