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THE STATE ASSISTED SCHEME OF PROVIDENT FUND FOR UNORGANIZED WORKERS (SASPFUW):

Introduction:-

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.

Coverage:
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.
5) Hand-loom
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.
19) Hosiery.
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.
27) Decoration.
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.
10) Carpenter.
11) Domestic Servants.
12) Barbers/Beauticians.
13) Idol Makers.
14) Fishermen.

Features of the Scheme:

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.

Eligibility:-

  • 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.
District-wise Cumulative Progress Report up to the Month of August, 2010 under 'SASPFUW'

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.)
I II III IV V VII VIII IX X
1 Jalpaiguri 67,848 64,708 28,925,100 22,970,864 6,719,228 2,247 3,704,110
2 Cooch Behar 37,826 37,765 16,507,020 10,963,660 1,885,348 687 1,466,959
3 Darjeeling 30,746 30,375 17,832,520 11,895,586 3,972,646 1,255 1,022,831
4 Uttar Dinajpur 37,613 33,338 9,569,960 7,163,479 1,938,863 556 847,101
5 Dakshin Dinajpur 31,744 31,349 16,803,320 13,238,760 3,402,416 483 1,210,342
6 Malda 126,806 124,259 61,699,860 45,163,100 8,070,160 1,305 2,761,630
7 Murshidabad 107,887 104,184 53,052,920 35,845,800 13,046,530 832 1,711,594
8 Nadia 139,859 137,442 88,419,440 71,717,460 18,321,840 1,164 2,029,420
9 North 24 Parganas 241,717 241,717 148,627,960 118,013,279 41,402,336 3,900 8,271,291
10 Kolkata 67,688 68,686 20,870,540 16,473,180 2,158,813 850 1,919,890
11 South 24 parganas 218,509 212,903 126,078,640 92,123,000 19,241,570 5,821 10,582,564
12 Howrah 142,144 140,704 84,318,380 67,375,900 16,900,489 2,046 6,791,929
13 Hooghly 116,559 114,234 61,124,620 40,603,260 11,109,216 849 1,478,597
14 Burdwan 120,653 146,067 85,058,220 58,272,992 13,640,293 1,671 3,320,608
15 Birbhum 52,755 52,364 28,795,420 21,285,175 6,018,150 250 465,453
16 Bankura 59,032 59,032 40,989,500 30,503,280 8,809,604 1,029 1,909,596
17 Purulia 32,216 32,214 14,680,000 10,197,440 2,513,604 94 204,386
18 Paschim Medinipur 96,606 85,793 57,488,260 33,113,806 8,188,487 560 967,675
19 Purba Medinipur 193,579 183,032 114,264,360 75,118,740 20,785,285 2,115 3,398,022
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
Last Modified  :  20/10/2010