Bhubaneswar: Chairperson of National Commission for Safai Karamcharis (NCSK) Manhar Valjibhai Zala today termed non-deduction of PF, ESI, EPF, etc. from salaries of safai karmacharis as a very serious matter and warned of action against those responsible for the violation.
“I have been told by safai karmacharis of non-deduction of EPF and PF. This is a very serious matter. I will be discussing this with the authorities concerned and action will be taken against those found responsible,” stated Zala addressing a presser here.
The NCSK Chairperson said that deduction of PF, ESI, and EPF etc, are mandatory irrespective of the employee being permanent, contractual or outsourced while adding that these are Government of India rules which is equal for all.
He pointed out that anyone not following the rules is a culprit and action will be taken against him/her.
Zala stated that he is on a four-day visit to the State and today was the first day of his visit while adding that he is here for the welfare of the safai karmacharis and their wellbeing.
“I am hopeful after meeting the Commission this time that it will look into our problems. Employment of safai karmacharis, who have served for about 22 years are yet to be regularized, EPF, ESI is not being deducted from their salaries,” said Mahesh Kumar Das, Advisor, Ambedkar Safai Karmachari Sangh (an association of safai karmacharis working with the BMC).
“They are not getting any type of benefits. If they go on leave for a day their salary is deducted. There are no facilities for DLR/CLR employees. Even regular employees are not getting dues properly,” he added.