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Udhampur: The J&K Private Schools Association (JKPSA) held a function to launch ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat Rozgar Yojna’ (ABRY) in Udhampur on Wednesday. The function, organised by District President Ram Parkash, was attended by a number of members and dignitaries. Kamal Gupta, President J&K Private Schools Association Jammu presided over the function.
The function was inaugurated by Prasant K, Regional PF Commissioner, Jammu, Kashmir & Ladakh followed by welcome speech by Ajay Gupta, General Secretary JKPSA, who briefed the Regional PF Commissioner about hurdles faced by most of the private schools due to continuous restrictions by Government.
Regional PF Commissioner along with Dabinder Singh (Asstt Provident Commissioner, Udhampur) and Hariharan R Enforcement Officer (EO), Jammu deliberated about 3.0 package of’Atmanirbhar Bharat Rozgar Yojna’. They briefed gathering that under ABRY, the central government, will pay both the employees and employers share of provident fund contribution for a period of 24 months in respect of newly employed and re-employed persons whose wages are less than Rs 15,000 and employed in eligible establishments with employees strength 1000 or less.
Only employees’ share shall be paid by the central government in respect of establishments with more than 1000 employees and the scheme will remain open till June 30, 2021, they added.
In response to queries, Regional PF Commissioner said that objective of the scheme is incentivise employers registered with EPFO for giving employment to new employees and re-employing persons from low wage bracket who had lost employment during COVID-19 pandemic from March 1, 2020 to September 30, 2020. Regional PF Commissioner said that benefits will be admissible even if the ECR is filed beyond the stipulated time, but not later than 60 days of the close of the wage month. However, for period beyond the due date of the payment specified in the EPF scheme, the employer shall have the liability of payment of interest under section 7Q of EPF and MP Act. 1952.
Employer shall also not book this subsidy from the Central Government as expenditure for establishments or employers for any benefit/ exemption/ rebate/ concession under any law. In addition to above he added that Employers shall be liable to refund benefits and face penal action for any incorrect or false information furnished for availing benefits according to ABRY.
President of Association Kamal Gupta welcomed package announced by the central government. He demanded a lenient view from Government for those who are now worse sufferer due to their economic collapse. The function culminated with formal vote of thanks by Rameshwar Mengi, Vice President JKPSA.
On the occasion, dignitaries also launched a social organisation for all under name and style of Federation of Independent Radiant Entrepreneurs (FIRE).
Eminent among those present on the occasion included Ajay Singh (Member central Body), Laddi Sharma (Distt Vice President Reasi), Sat Paul Mansotra (Distt President Kathua), Raza Shahzad (Distt President Poonch), Sudesh Sharma (Distt President Rajouri), Kulwinder Singh (Distt President Samba), Ankush Verma, Siddharth Magotra, Manoj K Sharma, Thomas Ooman, Rakesh Gupta, Vineet Gupta, Pankaj Kerni, Kuldeep Singh, Siddheshwar Sadotra, Rakesh Kumar, Jatinder Heera, Prashant Salaria, Gansar Singh, Shakti Sharma, Laddi Kumar, Ritesh Choudhary, Vishal Singh Jamwal, Naresh Kumar, Rajeev Singh Jasrotia, Yasudeep Sandhu, Pawan Sharma, Pyarey Lal, Racchpal Singh and Pardeep Sharma.