Special Correspondent

MADURAI: All establishments covered under the provisions of Employees’ Provident Fund have been requested to ensure that international workers are covered and PF is deducted and paid on their total wages.

According to a press release issued here on Saturday, Regional PF Commissioner V. Vijayakumar said that the Central government had amended the EPF scheme 1952 and EPS (employees pension scheme) 1995 to benefit foreigners’ who took up employment in the country.

As per the scheme, all eligible employees holding passport other than Indian passport and working in an establishment covered/coverable under the EPF Act shall be required to enrol as a member of the EPF.

The international workers’ and their employers have to contribute on the full salary without any ceiling.

No Indian employee is entitled to become an international worker. The scheme came into existence since October 1, 2008.

All the establishments are required to file a return and establishments which are not employing international workers are also required to file a ‘Nil’ return.

Non-enrolment and non-submission of returns will attract penal provisions of the Act, the note said and added that further details can be had from the EPF office or through the website www.epfindia.nic.in.