The facility of Universal Account Number (UAN) for EPF subscribers was formally
launched in 2014. Portability is an inherent feature of the UAN programme. It provides
automatic portability of Provident Fund account on change of employment if the employee has
activated his UAN by seeding his Know Your Customer details (through the employer).
During the year one of the long awaited demands for implementation of the minimum
pension was given effect to. The Central Government is providing a minimum pension of ₹
1,000/- per month for member/widow(er)/ disabled/ nominee/dependent parent pensioners, ₹
750/- per month for orphan pensioners and ₹ 250/- per month for children pensioners.
After implementation of the minimum pension notification the pension for all member/
widow(er)/ disabled/ nominee/ dependent parent pensioners whose original pension were less
than ₹ 1,000/- p.m. have been fixed at the minimum of ₹ 1,000/- p.m. Deductions on account of
benefits availed by members on the basis of choice exercised at the time of making claims like
commutation, return of capital and short service are applied on the minimum pension of ₹
Twenty-two Central Government Industrial Tribunal (CGIT)-cum-Labour Courts have been
set up under the provisions of the Industrial Disputes Act, 1947 for adjudication of industrial
disputes in organizations for which the Central Government is the appropriate authority. Through
Finance Act,2017, the powers to settle the Appeals arising out of EPF&MP Act,1952 have also
been entrusted upon to these Tribunals. These Tribunals are located at Dhanbad (Jharkhand),
Mumbai, New Delhi and Chandigarh (two courts each) and one each at Kolkata, Jabalpur,
Kanpur, Nagpur, Lucknow, Bengaluru, Jaipur, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bhubaneswar, Ahmedabad,
Ernakulam, Asansol and Guwahati. Further, the two Industrial Tribunals at Mumbai and Kolkata
also function as National Tribunals.
In order to reduce pendency of cases Lok Adalats are being organized by the CGIT cum-
Labour Courts as an Alternate Grievance Redressal System.
Child Labour is an area of great concern and Government of India is committed to address
the issue. Considering the magnitude and nature of the problem, it is following a robust multi-
generation schemes. It comprises statutory and legislative measures, rescue and rehabilitation,
universal elementary education along with social protection and poverty alleviation and
employment generation schemes. The objective is to create an environment where families are
not compelled to send their children to work. Government has adopted an approach to withdraw
and rehabilitate working children from all occupations and processes.
Policy on Child Labour
The National Policy on Child Labour announced in August, 1987, addresses this complex
issue in a comprehensive, holistic and integrated manner. The Action Plan under is multi-