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THE STATE ASSISTED SCHEME OF PROVIDENT FUND FOR UNORGANIZED WORKERS (SASPFUW):
The State Assisted Scheme of Provident Fund for Un-organised Workers (SASPFUW) was introduced by the Govt. of West Bengal, vide Labour Department's Resolution No 180-IR dated: 24-01-2001 & Resolution No 305-IR dated: 19-02-2001, implemented by the Labour Directorate, West Bengal. Since its inception with effect from 1st January, 2001, up to 31st March, 2009, a total number of 13, 79, 828 subscribers have been enrolled under the scheme and have contributed a total sum of Rs 73, 47, 25, 220/- towards their subscription into the fund. An equal amount has been released by the Government as Matching Contribution. About 4,550 Collecting Agents have been engaged for collection of subscriptions. The banking operations are being conducted through 528 non-operative bank accounts and 69 nodal bank accounts. So far an amount of Rs.2, 49, 78,187/- has been disbursed as final payments to the 15,422 persons due to death / maturity / Pre-matured withdrawals.
The Scheme in brief:-
With a view to provide Social Security in the form of Provident Fund to the workers in the Un-organized Sector, the Government of West Bengal introduced a Scheme named "The State Assisted Scheme of Provident Fund for Un-organized Workers"(SASPFUW) with effect from 01-01-01. The Scheme was initially introduced covering 13 Industries & 8 Self employment occupations in the year 2001. Additionally, another 16 industries and 6 Self-employed occupations have been brought under the Scheme in the year 2008. Coverage of such Industries & Self-employed occupations cove is listed below.
List of Unorganised Industries:
1) Tailoring Industries (having less than 20 workers).
2) Shops (having less than 20 workers) & Establishments (having less than 20 workers)
3) Bakery (having less than 20 workers)
4) Linesman engaged in supply of Bakery Products.
6) Cottage / Village based Cottage Industry (Boatman service, Bangle Making, Firework, Chakki
Mills, Kite & Kite sticks Manufacturing, Earthen pottery Work, Paddy Husking, Embroidery &
Zari Chicon Works).
7) Construction (having less than 20 workers).
8) Lac Industry (having less than 20 workers).
9) Stone Crushing (less than 20 workers).
10) I.C.D.S., I.P.P.-VIII & C.U.D.P.-III.
11) Automobile Repairing Garages (having less than 20 workers).
12) Public Motor Transport Service.
13) Hired Motor Vehicles Services.
14) Brick / Tile manufacturing.
15) Security Agencies.
16) Printing Press.
17) Book Binding.
18) Leather & Leather goods.
20) Saw Mil.
21) Plastic Industry.
22) Small Scale Engineering Units.
23) Clinical Nursing Homes / Private Hospitals.
24) Silk Printing.
25) Dal Mill.
26) Oil Mill.
28) Paper Board & Straw Board Manufacturing.
29) Beedi Making.
List of Self-employed occupations:
1) Cycle Rickshaw & Van Puller / Paddler.
2) Head-load Workers and Workers engaged in Loading & Unloading.
3) Railway Hawkers.
4) Street Hawkers including News Paper Hawker.
5) Auto Rickshaw Operator.
6) Mason & other Workers engaged in Masonry Work.
7) Cobbler/Shoe Maker.
8) Gold Smithery & Silver Smithery.
9) Ayah/Attendant engaged in Hospitals/Nursing Homes by the patients.
11) Domestic Servants.
13) Idol Makers.
Subscription: Each subscriber may pay up to R.s.240/- per annum. Payments may be made monthly at the rate of Rs.20/- or as may be convenient to the subscriber in multiples of Rs.20/-.
Govt. Contribution : An equal matching amount shall be contributed by the State Government. The Government contribution will deem to be deposited in the account of subscriber on the same day as the subscription paid by the subscriber.
Payment of Interest : Interest on the balance at credit of the Subscribers will also be paid by the state Government annually at the rate declared by the Government from time to time.
Final Payment: On attainment of the age of 55 years or in the event of the account becoming inoperative due to death or prolonged default in making contribution, the total cumulative amount along with interest will be refunded to the workers or to his/her nominees or legal heirs.
Loans & withdrawal: A subscriber will be allowed one withdrawal of Rs. 1000/- provided he/she has made 48 months contributions and he/she has Rs. 2500/- in his/her credit. The amount may be paid to him/her by cheque.
Lock-in-Period : If a subscriber-worker does not want to continue as a subscriber under the Scheme, he/she may be given final payment of the total balance lying at his/her credit (that is the worker’s own contribution, matching contribution of the Govt. and the interest) after expiry of the lock-in-period of three years from the date of his/her enrollment, with the approval of the concerned Advisory Committee on receipt of an application in Form-IX from him/her.
- Workers between the age of 18 and 55 years.
- Workers should be working under the listed employments / occupations.
- Place of work should be in West Bengal.
- Average monthly income of the Worker’s Family should be not more than Rs, 3500/-
- Workers already covered, under the ‘Employees’ Provident Fund & Miscellaneous Provisions Act, 1952 are not eligible.
Whom to apply:-
- At the block area - Minimum Wages Inspectors Posted at B.D.O. Offices
- At the Municipal / Sub-division area - Minimum Wages Inspectors posted in the office of the Assistant Deputy Labour Commissioners.
- In Kolkata Corporation area - Concerned Minimum Wages Inspector or Assistant Labour Commissioner at 6, Church Lane(3rd Floor) for the respective areas of South, Central & North Kolkata.
Who are authorized to certify the eligibility of the applicant:-
- Members of the Panchayat Samity in the rural areas.
- Commissioners of the wards in the Municipal areas.
- Councilors of the wards in the Municipal Corporation areas.
- Members of the Zilla Parishads.
- Concerned Employers.
Machineries for implementation of the Scheme:-
- Assistant / Deputy Labour Commissioners
- Minimum Wages Inspectors
- Different Advisory Committees
- Collecting Agents / Self Employed Labour Organizors
For detailed information, contract with the following Offices:-
- B.D.O. Office in the block areas
- Offices of the Assistant / Deputy Labour Commissioners in the Sub-divisional District Head Quarters.
- Office of the Deputy Labour Commissioner, 6, Church Lane (3rd Floor), Kolkata - 700001.
- Office of the Labour Commissioner, New Secretariate Building, 11th Floor, 1, K.S. Roy Road, Kolkata - 700001.
|Sl No.||Name of the Districts||No of Applications received||No of Enrollment||Amount Collect-ed as Subscrip-tion (Rs)||Final Payment|
|Govt. Match. Grant (Rs.)||Interest (Rs.)||No.of cases||Amount disbursed (Rs.)|
|9||North 24 Parganas||241,717||241,717||148,627,960||118,013,279||41,402,336||3,900||8,271,291|
|11||South 24 parganas||218,509||212,903||126,078,640||92,123,000||19,241,570||5,821||10,582,564|
|T O T A L||1,921,787||1,900,166||1,075,106,040||782,038,761||208,124,878||27,714||54,063,998|
|Up to 31st March, 2010||1,775,984||1,726,655||971,098,580||23,933||43,872,046|
|Progress of current year||145,803||173,511||104,007,460||3,781||10,191,952|