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IT start-up employees are entitled to labour law benefits, says government

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New Delhi: Employees of IT start-ups and small industries can claim provident fund and social security benefits under various provisions of labour laws, union labour minister Bandaru Dattatreya said in Parliament on Monday.

“The workers of IT start-ups and small scale industries may avail of benefits of provisions of the Employees’ Provident Funds and Miscellaneous Provisions Act, the Employees’ State Insurance Act and social security schemes under the Unorganised Workers’ Social Security Act depending on eligibility,” Dattatreya said in a written reply in the Lok Sabha. He was responding to a question on social security and welfare of workers in these sectors.

The government has launched the Atal Pension Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana and Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana for all citizens, he said. These schemes are specifically targeted towards unorganized workers to give them comprehensive social security.

In a separate reply, Dattatreya said the ministry is implementing the national career service (NCS) project in mission mode to transform the national employment service to provide job-related services. Job-seekers and employers can register with the NCS, match jobs, get career counselling as well as vocational guidance.

“The scope of the NCS project was enhanced during 2016-17 to include a component for providing part funds for improving the infrastructure in employment exchanges for organizing job fairs,” he added. Nearly 540 job fairs were organized under NCS last fiscal, Dattatreya said.

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