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Minimum age regulation for EPF in Parliament soon

Labour Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva (Centre) along with State Minister Piyankara Jayaratne and others chairing the meeting.
Labour Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva (Centre) along with State Minister Piyankara Jayaratne and others chairing the meeting.

The regulation to increase the minimum age for contributing to Employees Provident Fund (EPF) from 14 to 16 years was considered at the Ministerial Consultative Committee on Labour in Parliament on Wednesday.

An Extraordinary Gazette Notification has been issued in this regard and it was agreed to submit the regulation to Parliament for approval in coming days.

The Committee met on Wednesday under the chairmanship of Labour Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva. The regulation has been issued in line with the amendment, which was passed in Parliament recently to increase the minimum working age from 14 to 16 years.

The annual report of the National Institute of Labor Studies (NILS) 2018 was also considered at the meeting. The Committee drew attention on the progress of the NILS that conducts training and awareness programmes on the labour laws.

The Minister instructed officials to obtain the National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) for the courses of the institute and to develop them systematically.

He directed the Ministry Secretary and the NILS Officials to make the lawyers, Labour Department Officials and trade unions aware of the legal provisions of the new labour Law. The financial status of the Institution was also discussed.

State Minister Piyankara Jayaratne, Parliamentarian Jagath Puspakumara, Ministry Secretary Mapa Pathirana and the officials were present.