Teachers and employees of private schools have sought proper implementation of social security schemes such as Employees’ Provident Fund (EPF), Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) and gratuity schemes.
The general body of All Private School Teachers’ and Employees’ Federation (APTEF) which met at Neyveli on Wednesday adopted a resolution urging the authorities to immediately implement the ESI scheme.
It stated that officials should immediately carry out inspection at all private schools to ensure that the ESIC scheme was duly implemented.
The Federation sought the removal of monthly ceiling of Rs. 15,000 for availing of ESI benefit and favoured enlargement of its scope.
The Federation called for setting up of more ESIC hospitals in all districts.
It also put forth a demand that the ceiling of Rs. 6,500 on monthly contribution to the EPF scheme be lifted and contributions pegged at 12 per cent of gross salary.
A sum of Rs. 22,000 crore was said to be lying unclaimed with the EPF Corporation. The Corporation should identify all EPF subscribers concerned and hand over the monies to them.
The Federation called upon Labour Department officials to verify the details of gratuity payment made by private schools to employees. If there were any lapses in this regard, the department should take legal action against the schools.
Those who participated in the meeting included A. Maria Francis Xavier, president of the Fedration, V. Maria Joseph and Vaithiyalingam, vice-presidents, K.Kasinathan, treasurer, S. Victor Jayaseelan, secretary.