Labour Minister Santosh Gangwar on December 11 introduced in Lok Sabha a Bill to amend and consolidate nine laws relating to social security of employees. Notably, the bill allows workers in some sectors, who contribute to the Employees’ Provident Fund (EPF), to increase their take-home salaryDifferential EPF ratesThe Code on Social Security, 2019 seeks to enable the central government to fix provident fund contributions (PF) to be made by employees in different sectors and provides for payment of gratuity to fix-term employees. In nutshell, the bill allows the government to notify sectors where a lower/differential rate of contribution can be applicable.It will also empower the central government to exempt certain establishments from all or any of the provisions of the proposed code.Close Gratuity paymentThe bill proposes payment of gratuity in case of fixed term employment on a pro-rata basis even if the contract is for less than five years. At present, … [Read more...] about Social security bill | Differential EPF rates may boost take-home pay, rejig in gratuity rule proposed
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Student protests in Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) against hostel fee hike, are showing no signs of simmering down. On December 9, students marching towards the Rashtrapati Bhavan were reportedly baton-charged by the police. Many were detained.According to JNU Students' Union (JNUSU) president Aishe Ghosh, "Several students, including women, have been detained by police which brutally attacked the protesters, asking us to go back to campus."Students, who were seen raising slogans like "Delhi Police go back" and "Education must be free for all", said that they will not budge until their demand for a complete rollback of the hostel fee hike is met. The JNUTA, a teacher’s association, has also called a sit-in in solidarity with the student’s demands.Close The students have been protesting for over a month and have now called for boycotting of examinations till their demands are met. The Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) is holding parleys with the student council … [Read more...] about JNU students not alone in protesting against fee hike: Here are varsities missed by national media
The Supreme Court pulled up the Uttar Pradesh government on Monday, questioning the state's refusal to indict Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in a 2007 hate speech case.The top court issued a notice to the UP government on the basis of a plea that challenged the Allahabad High Court's decision of accepting the state's refusal to grant a sanction to prosecute Adityanath in the hate speech case.The petition was filed by Gorakhpur resident Parvez Parvaz and Azamgarh resident Asad Hayat.Close A three-judge bench, headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra and comprising of Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud, has issued a notice to the Director General of Police (Crime Branch), Gorakhpur District Magistrate and Superintendent of Police. related news Telangana rape and murder case | Supreme Court orders probe into police encounter of accused SC for impartial inquiry into encounter of Telangana rape-murder accused IUML moves SC challenging Citizenship (Amendment) Bill … [Read more...] about Yogi Adityanath hate speech case: SC sends notice to UP govt
Days after the Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) announced their decision to contest the Lok Sabha polls together from Uttar Pradesh, BSP satrap Mayawati, on her 63rd birthday, appealed to members and workers of both parties to forget their past differences.As the leader was greeted by SP chief Akhilesh Yadav at her residence in Lucknow on her birthday on January 15, she said, “Forget past differences and ensure the victory of all joint candidates of SP and BSP. This will be my ideal birthday gift.”The parties, which have decided to contest general elections on a 50-50 seat-sharing deal, are itching to bury the hatchet in an attempt to make a formidable alliance to beat the BJP, which had won 71 out of 80 seats in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls. While the SP had managed to win a meagre five seats, the BSP won none.Close But it won’t be easy for the bitter rivals to forget and forgive, especially after witnessing a dark past in the history of Indian … [Read more...] about Forget past differences with SP, says BSP supremo Mayawati on 63rd birthday. Easier said than done?
Puducherry chief minister V Narayanasamy called off the six-day dharna late on the night of February 18 after a meeting was held between Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi, the CM and his Council of Ministers. After the dharna ended, Kiran Bedi took to Twitter and announced that the government will be back to work from February 19 while Narayanasamy said, “partial success was achieved on various demands”.However, the chief minister said the campaign for statehood would continue "without a break".After the meeting, the chief minister also announced that “all the agitation slated for the next two days against Kiran Bedi” have been suspended.But why was the chief minister staging a dharna outside the Raj Nivas and what are his demands? Let’s take a closer look at the storm brewing in Puducherry.Close The public duel between Narayanasamy and Kiran Bedi related news CBI carries out searches at 13 locations in Rs 568.52 crore bank fraud 200 … [Read more...] about Discord in Puducherry |CM Narayanasami may have ended dharna outside LG Kiran Bedi’s house, but question of statehood looms large