Proposal to enhance the salary ceiling for PF contribution from Rs.6,500 to Rs.15000

Pension hike :

Mr. Suresh announced the Union Cabinet would shortly clear proposal for enhancing EPF pension to Rs.1,000 from the present Rs.200/Rs.300 a month.

PF contribution :

The Minister said another proposal to enhance the salary ceiling for PF contribution from Rs.6,500 to Rs.15000 was also under consideration. He said the issue would be discussed by the Central Board of Trustees of EPF at its meeting on February 25.

The medical college being set up by the Employees’ State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) at Sanathnagar, Hyd. here is expected to start functioning from 2014 academic year, Union Minister of State for Labour and Employment K. Suresh said here on Friday.

Addressing a press conference after a reviewing various programmes of his Ministry with officials here, he said construction of the college building and a 500-bedded hospital was expected to be completed by June this year. Following inspection and approval by the Medical Council of India (MCI), the college would start functioning from next academic year.

The medical college would have an attached nursing college. It was proposed to start a dental college too at the same place, he added.

Mr. Suresh ESIC also decided to establish a 100-bed hospital at Vizianagaram with an investment of more than Rs.100 crore. A request for starting the hospital has been made by the Congress MP, Botcha Jhansi and the workers of the area.

He said ESIC would also start five hemo-dialysis centres in the State—two at Sanathnagar hospital and one each at ESIC hospitals at Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam and Tirupati.

ESIC hospital at Vijayawada would be inaugurated in April third week. The hospital at Visakhapatnam would be taken up after concluding a lease agreement with Vizag Port Trust.

A 100-bed hospital would be coming up at Tirupati with an investment of Rs.300 crore. The hospital would be run by the State authorities while the funding was being done by ESIC.

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