Cabinet approves Rs.22,810 crore Atmanirbhar Bharat Rojgar Yojana

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday approved Atmanirbhar Bharat Rojgar Yojana (ABRY) to boost employment in formal sector and incentivize creation of new employment opportunities during the Covid recovery phase under Atmanirbhar Bharat Package 3.0.

Under this scheme the government will incur an expenditure of Rs. 1,584 crore in the current financial year and Rs.22,810 crore for the entire Scheme period i.e. 2020-2023.

The scheme seeks to incentivise jobs in formal sector by way of providing support in wages. The Government of India will provide subsidy for two years in respect of new employees engaged on or after 1st October, 2020 and upto 30th June, 2021.

The Government will pay both 12 per cent employees’ contribution and 12 per cent employers’ contribution i.e.  24 per cent of wages towards EPF in respect of new employees in establishments employing upto 1000 employees for two years. In the establishments employing more than 1000 employee the Government of India will pay only employees’ share of EPF contribution i.e. 12 per cent of wages in respect of new employees for the next two years.

An employee drawing monthly wage of less than Rs.15000 who was not working in any establishment registered with the Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) before 1st October, 2020 and did not have a Universal Account Number or EPF Member account number prior to 1st October 2020 will be eligible for the benefit.

Any EPF member possessing Universal Account Number (UAN) drawing monthly wage of less than Rs. 15000/- who made exit from employment during Covid pandemic from 01.03.2020 to 30.09.2020 and did not join employment in any EPF covered establishment up to 30.09.2020 will also be eligible to avail benefit.

EPFO will credit the contribution in Aadhaar seeded account of members in electronic manner. EPFO shall develop a software for the scheme and also develop a procedure which is transparent and accountable at their end, an official statement released after the cabinet meeting said.

EPFO shall work out modality to ensure that there is no overlapping of benefits provided under ABRY with any other scheme implemented by EPFO, it added.

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