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Proposed amendments to Workmen’s Compensation Ordinance Draft Bill approved

The Cabinet of Ministers approved the proposed amendments to the Draft Bill of Workmen’s Compensation Ordinance (139th Authority) of No 19 of 1934, Co-Cabinet Spokesman Mass Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella.

Addressing the weekly Cabinet media briefing held yesterday at the Government Information Department, Minister Rambukwella said that the Workmen’s Compensation Ordinance of No.19 of 1934 would be amended to take measures to escalate the amount of compensation eligible to be paid to the employees during an accident, under the theme of ‘A Workmen Culture for the Country’ declared in the ‘Vistas of Prosperity and Splendour’ National Policy Framework.

Accordingly, the Legal Draftsman has drafted a bill to amend the applicable provisions of the Workmen’s Compensation Ordinance for increasing the amount of compensation paid to the employees who encounter accidents and experience damages whereas it has been observed that the said bill should be further amended due to the following reasons.

1.Increase of the fine of Rs. 1,000 that can be imposed in terms of the provisions prevailing to the date at the instances in which an employer does not furnish compensation statement to the Commissioner of Compensation in regard to a particular accident caused to an employee in terms of section 42 of the Workmen’s Compensation Ordinance.

2. Amendment of the schedule 4 of the Workmen’s Compensation Ordinance that emphasize of the compensation amounts to suit the current circumstances as follows:

i. The minimum monthly salary applicable for the payment of compensation from rupees 0 to rupees 2,500/- prevailing at present to be increased from rupees 0 to rupees 10,000/-.

ii. Amendment of the maximum monthly salary applicable for compensation existing from rupees 20,001/- to be increased from rupees 100,000/-

iii. The death compensation from rupees 181,665/- to 550,000/- paid at present to be increased from rupees 1,140,000/- to rupees 2,000,000/-.

iv. The compensation paid at a complete discrepancy from rupees 196083.80 to 550,000/- paid at present (based on the salary) to be increased from rupees 1,200,000/- to rupees 2,000,000/-.

v. The temporary compensation from rupees 1,320/- to 5,500/- paid at present to be increased from rupees 5,000/- to rupees 47,500/- (depending on the bi - monthly salary).

3. Assigning the compensation recovery process of confiscating the property to the Fiscal / Registrar attached to the office of the Commissioner of Compensation in order to accelerate the compensation process.

4. Introduction of a new labour compensation insurance scheme.