Coronavirus | Don’t lay off workers or cut salaries, says Labour Ministry

EPFO issues instructions on timely pension payments

March 23, 2020 07:22 pm | Updated 07:29 pm IST - NEW DELHI

MoS for Labour Santosh Kumar Gangwar. File

MoS for Labour Santosh Kumar Gangwar. File

The Union Labour and Employment Ministry has been reaching out to employers, both the public and the private sector, asking them not to lay off workers or cut salaries due to the ongoing lockdown owing to COVID-19 outbreak.

Also read | Interactive map of confirmed coronavirus cases in India

In letters to the secretaries of Central Ministries, State Chief Secretaries and employers’ associations, sent over the last few days and on Monday, the Ministry said employers were asked to “extend their cooperation by not terminating employees” in this “challenging situation”.

The Ministry said if any worker takes leave during this period, they should be “deemed to be on duty without any consequential deduction of wages”. The same should apply to those working in an establishment that is ordered to shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic, the letter said.

“The termination of employee from the job or reduction of wages in this scenario would further deepen the crises and will not only weaken the financial condition of the employee but also hamper their morale to fight the epidemic,” the letter stated.

Watch: What will be affected and what will we available during a lockdown?

Sharing a copy of one of the letters, the Ministry tweeted on Monday: “Seeing the Coronavirus pandemic, advisory has been issued by the Labour Ministry to all the employers of public/private establishments to coordinate by not terminating their employees, particularly casual or contractual workers from job or reduce their wages.”

The Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation, which disburses monthly pensions to 65 lakh people, said in a statement on Monday that it had instructed all its field offices to generate and reconcile the pension amounts and details for the current month by Wednesday. The Central PF Commissioner said these details should be sent to banks in advance so the pensions are credited in March itself.

Top News Today


Comments have to be in English, and in full sentences. They cannot be abusive or personal. Please abide by our community guidelines for posting your comments.

We have migrated to a new commenting platform. If you are already a registered user of The Hindu and logged in, you may continue to engage with our articles. If you do not have an account please register and login to post comments. Users can access their older comments by logging into their accounts on Vuukle.