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Cabinet approves Atmanirbhar Bharat Rojgar Yojana (ABRY)

Pritam Kashyap
Pritam Kashyap
Santosh Kumar Gangwar, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Labour and Employment

The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, has given its approval for Atma nirbhar Bharat Rojgar Yojana (ABRY) to boost employment in the formal sector and incentivize the creation of new employment opportunities during the COVID-19 recovery phase under Atma nirbhar Bharat Package 3.0.

The salient features of the ABRY Scheme are as under:

1. Government of India will provide subsidy for two years in respect of new employees engaged on or after October 1, 2020, and up to June 30, 2021.                                                                     

2. Government of India will pay both 12 per cent employees' contribution and 12 per cent employers' contribution i.e. 24 per cent of wages towards EPF in respect of new employees in establishments employing up to 1000 employees for two years. 

3. Government of India will pay only employees' share of EPF contribution i.e. 12 per cent of wages in respect of new employees in establishments employing more than 1000 employee for two years. 

4. An employee drawing a monthly wage of less than Rs. 15000/- who was not working in any establishment registered with the Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) before October 1, 2020, and did not have a Universal Account Number or EPF Member account number before October 1, 2020, will be eligible for the benefit.

5. Any EPF member possessing Universal Account Number (UAN) drawing monthly wage of less than Rs. 15000/- who made exit from employment during COVID-19 pandemic from March 1, 2020, to September 30, 2020, and did not join employment in any EPF covered establishment up to September 30, 2020, will also be eligible to avail benefit.

6. EPFO will credit the contribution in Aadhaar seeded account of members in an electronic manner. 


7. EPFO shall develop software for the scheme and also develop a procedure which is transparent and accountable at their end.

8. EPFO shall work out modality to ensure that there is no overlapping of benefits provided under ABRY with any other scheme implemented by EPFO.

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