On Wednesday, the government released a draft code that seeks to corporatise social security agencies by revamping the structure of EPFO and ESIC, which would mean that these organisations will get CEOs for the first time.
The draft provides for a change in the constitution of the Employee Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) and the Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) which says the two bodies would be "body corporate".
At present, EPFO and ESIC work like autonomous bodies run by trustees and a board, respectively, under the administrative control of Ministry of Labour & Employment. They were created by an Act of Parliament.
It has been a precedent that the labour minister is appointed as chairman of EPFO central broad of trustees as well as ESIC board and the labour secretary as the vice-chairmanin the absence of Minister of State for Labour.
However, the draft code provides that the Centre would appoint a chairman and a vice-chairman for the two bodies, which means that the appointees could be other than the labour minister and labour secretary.
The draft code also provides for the appointment of CEOs for the first time, who would be executive heads of EPFO and ESIC. At present, a Central Provident Fund Commissioner and Director General run EPFO and ESIC, respectively.
Now, CEOs can be appointed from the Indian Administrative Service, as well as, other services after consultation with the Union Public Service Commission.
Ministry of Labour & Employment has circulated a draft of the Code on Social Security, 2019 and sought stakeholder and public comments till 25 October.
The Code will subsume 8 Central Labour Acts namely Employees' Compensation Act, 1923; Employees' State Insurance Act, 1948, Employees' Provident Funds and Miscellaneous Provisions Act, 1952; Maternity Benefit Act, 1961; Payment of Gratuity Act, 1972; Cine Workers Welfare Fund Act, 1981; Building and Other Construction Workers Cess Act, 1996 and Unorganized Workers' Social Security Act, 2008.
The government is in the process to concise 44 central labour laws into four broad codes on wages, industrial relation, social security and occupational safety and health.
With inputs from PTI