The Government is taking steps to bring in more people into the social security coverage provided by Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) and Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC).

Under the ESI the employer is responsible for the coverage of even employees of contractors on the site. Further, the cashless medical treatment is being provided to help the poor workers. The ESIC has taken a number of steps to ensure greater compliance, Director of ESIC Visakhapatnam Sub Regional Office Chinmay Bose said at an interactive session with Regional Provident Fund Commissioner and Director ESIC organised by the CII Vizag Zone here on Tuesday.

Out of the 5,725 employers in the district 3,000 have not paid their ESIC dues in time, as per the figures for June, he said and exhorted the employers to clear their dues immediately. He listed out the steps being taken by his organisation. Regional Commissioner Visakhapatnam EPFO Ajeet Kumar said that the penalty for delayed payment of PF dues was 49 per cent and there was no provision to give any concession on that, while urging the employers to ensure that they remit their dues in time.

Considering the issues being faced by the international workers in India the PF laws have been amended, he said and clarified on the issues of pension and withdrawal of PF. He cleared the doubts of the members of the audience about various aspects of PF rules. Earlier, vice chairman of CII Vizag Zone and managing director Sravan Shipping Services P Ltd G Sambasiva Rao introduced the speakers. K Ganeshan of the CII and a large number of industrialists and employees attended.

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