P.S. Suresh Kumar

Nagercoil: A sub-regional office of the Employees’ Provident Funds Organisation is a long-cherished dream of the provident fund pension account holders of Kanyakumari district.

According to sources, after much protracted correspondences by various trade unions, political parties, different members of Parliament and a follow up struggle by the present member of Lok Sabha, A.V. Bellarmine, the EPF organisation accepted the demands of the working class and a year ago on August 28, 2007, when the people of the district were celebrating Onam, a grand function was organised by the EPF organisation at Raja Towers near Ozhuganaserri here to inaugurate a service centre of EPF organisation as a first step towards opening of a sub-regional office.

A host of officers from EPF organisations also attended the programme. The member of the Central Board of EPF trustees, who advocated the sub-regional office at Kanyakumari on behalf of the working mass, was also present on the occasion.

The Minister of State for Labour, Oscar Fernandez, who inaugurated the service centre said the centre would be upgraded to a sub-regional office within the short span of the time. The Central Commissioner of EPF in his address announced that the service centre, which started functioning would have the facility of claim processing and within a period of two months, it would have the facility to issue cheques and within a period of one year the office would be converted into a full-fledged sub-regional office. A year later, nothing happened. No facility was provided in the already existing district office except to know status of the claim applications.