Staff Correspondent

Incentive scheme announced for private companies employing persons with disabilities

MANGALORE: Private companies employing people with disabilities will stand to gain if a scheme approved by the Government is any indicator.

According to Regional Provident Fund (EPF) Commissioner Rajashekara Hegde, who was speaking at a seminar on “Employees Provident Fund and Miscellaneous Provisions Act, 1952” here on Thursday, the Government has set aside Rs. 1,800 crore for the scheme in the 11th fiscal plan.

Jobs to be created

The scheme aims at creating one lakh jobs a year for people with disabilities, across the country. Employees with disabilities, earning up to Rs. 25,000 a month, would be covered under the scheme. The Government would pay the employer’s contribution to EPF and Employees State Insurance (ESI) for the first three years of their employment. The scheme would be applicable to those appointed on or after April 1, 2008, he said. The employer will be required to pay administrative charges at 1.1 per cent of the wages of those covered under this scheme. People covered under the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995 and the National Trust for Welfare of Persons with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Mental Retardation and Multiple Disabilities Act, 1999, would benefit, Mr. Hegde said.

Documents

The employers would have to submit a copy of the disability certificate issued to disabled employees by the competent authority. The Government would directly provide the employer’s contribution for the schemes covered under the EPF and MP Act, 1952 and the ESI Act, 1948, he said.

Funding

Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment would make the funds available to the EPF and ESI by way of advance. Both organisations would be provided with Rs. 5 crore each and it would be enhanced based on requirement. A high-level committee, chaired by Ministries of Labour and Employment and Social Justice, would monitor the implementation of this scheme, Mr. Hegde said.

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