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Rs.1200 mn in EPF dues still be collected - Minister

Relief for institutions affected by COVID-19:

Labour Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva said around Rs.1,200 million should be collected from public and private institutions as contributions to the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) up to now.

As at January 1, 2020, 11,549 cases had been filed against public and private institutions for non-payment of EPF contributions and the total number of cases filed so far, including inactive cases, is 16,000, the Minister said.

The Minister said that the government is now focusing on the continued default of remittances and strict laws will be enforced against employers who default on their contributions this year.

The Minister said action will be taken to amend the Employees Provident Fund Act No. 15 of 1958 to recover this amount expeditiously.

However, the Labour Ministry is also considering providing a relief period to institutions affected by the COVID-19 pandemic to pay the arrears.