New Delhi, Jan 17 (PTI) The government Thursday said the number of employees benefiting from the Pradhan Mantri Rojgar Protsahan Yojana (PMRPY), the scheme for generating new employment by incentivising employers, has crossed the 1-crore mark. Also Read - India’s COVID Vaccine Drive to go Contactless With Aadhaar-Based Face Recognition: Here’s What it Means

Under the scheme, the government is paying full employers’ contribution of 12 per cent (towards EPF and Employees’ Pension Scheme both), for a period of 3 years in respect of new employees who have been registered with the EPFO on or after April 1, 2016, with salary up to Rs 15,000 per month. Also Read - Government Extends Last Date For Linking Aadhaar with PAN from 31st March to June 30 | Details Here

“PMRPY, the flagship scheme of the Central government for employment generation, has crossed the milestone of one crore beneficiaries as on January 14, 2019,” the labour ministry said in a statement. Also Read - Gift Your Child, New Born An Aadhaar! Check Documents, Biometric Details; How To Book Appointment at UIDAI Website

PMRPY was announced on August 7, 2016, and is being implemented by the Ministry of Labour and Employment through the Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO).

“During 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19 (up to January 15, 2019), 33,031, 30,27,612, and 69,49,436 beneficiaries, respectively, have been enrolled with EPFO under PMRPY. The number of establishments who have benefitted during the implementation of the scheme is 1.24 lakh,” the statement said.

It said the entire system is online and Aadhaar-based with no human interface in the implementation of the scheme.

“PMRPY has a dual benefit — on the one hand the employer is incentivised for increasing the employee base in the establishment through payment of EPF contribution of 12 per cent of wage, which otherwise would have been borne by the employer and on the other hand, a large number of workers find jobs in such establishments.

“A direct benefit is that these workers have access to social security benefit through provident fund, pension and death-linked insurance. The terminal date for registration of beneficiaries through an establishment under the PMRPY is March 31, 2019,” it added.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.