Govt contributes almost INR 65K core to EPFO

This is the highest-ever contribution the Employees' Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) received from the government

August 4, 2023

This boosted the total corpus of the scheme to INR 7.8 trillion

2022’s EPFO corpus stood at INR 6.89 trillion

The number of pensioners reached 7.55 million in the last fiscal year compared to 7.27 million in 2021-22

The contributions in 2022-23 were INR 56,170.84 crore from employers and INR 8,714.76 crore from the central government

The Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) received the higher ever contribution of INR 64,885.60 crore in FY23 for its Employees’ Pension Scheme. This boosted the total corpus of the scheme to INR 7.8 trillion, a significant increase from the previous year’s total of INR 6.89 trillion. 

The contributions in 2022-23 were INR 56,170.84 crore from employers and INR 8,714.76 crore from the central government.

The scheme also witnessed a rise in the number of pensioners, reaching 7.55 million in the last fiscal year compared to 7.27 million in 2021-22. The total pension disbursed under the scheme during the previous financial year amounted to INR 14,444.60 crore, surpassing the INR 12,933.12 crore disbursed in 2021-22.

The Employees’ Pension Scheme (EPS), 1995, functions as a ‘defined contribution-defined benefit’ social security program. It involves an 8.33% employer contribution based on the employee’s wages, and a 1.16% contribution from the central government, capped at Rs 15,000 per month.

To enhance pension benefits, the government initiated a minimum pension of INR 1,000 per month for pensioners under the Employees’ Pension Scheme (EPS), 1995, starting from September 1, 2014, with additional budgetary support.

Separately, under the Aatmanirbhar Bharat Rojgar Yojana (ABRY) launched in October 2020, the government disbursed INR 9,663.82 crore until July 22, 2023, benefiting 6.04 million employees across 0.15 million establishments. For the upcoming fiscal year 2023-24, the scheme has been allocated INR 2,272.82 crore.

Source: Economic Times

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