Only 50,000 employers pay EPF to their employees - Labour Minister
Labour Minister Athauda Seneviratne requested the Assistant Labour
Commissioners to prepare a scheme within six months to recover money for
not paying monthly EPF contributions by one and a half lakhs of
employers for only 50,000 employers pay monthly EPF in Sri Lanka.
Seneviratne speaking at a progress review meeting of Assistant Labour
Commissioners at the Labour Ministry auditorium recently said about Rs.
200 million is contributed monthly to the Employees Provident Fund from
about 20 lakhs of employees. But the total labour force will be about 70
lakhs. Minister instructed all Assistant Labour Commissioners to produce
them in Courts and make arrangements to recover EPF contributions from
those who are not paying EPF.
The Minister said for the implementation of this activity, graduates
were recruited as the officials cadre is not sufficient to fulfil the
workload. The number of officials engaged in this activity have been
increased up to 600 number and they will be paid encouragement and
travelling allowances, he said.
"If the productivity of this Ministry is in lower state it will be
meaningless of talking of the country's productivity, Minister added.
He requested all the employees at his ministry to change their
attitudes to build a new society for the purpose of increasing
productivity in the Ministry.
Central Bank reports revealed that 51% of total population of the
country are below the poverty line who depend on relief concessions and
Mahinda Madihahewa, Secretary to the Ministry, Additional Secretaries
Jayatillake and Padmini Ratnayake also participated at the meeting
followed by a Shrama Abhimanie award ceremony.