Employers can file unified EPF, ESI returns from today
The Centre will launch on Wednesday a common registration facility on e-biz portal which will enable employers to avoid filing separate EPF and ESI returns. "Labour Ministry will launch the Common Registration Facility on e-biz Portal, integration of the annual return under Mines Act 1952 and common ECR (Electronic Challan cum Return) for EPFO/ESIC with the ShramSuvidha Portal, here tomorrow," the Labour Ministry said in a release.
The ministry has decided to integrate the registration process under five Labour Acts with the e-biz portal of the Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion so that various registrations required by a unit can be obtained through a single window. The five Central Labour Acts covered in this process include Employees Provident Funds and Miscellaneous Provisions Act, 1952, Employees State Insurance Act, 1948, Contract Labour (Regulation & Abolition) Act, 1970 and Building and Other Construction workers (Regulation of Employment & Conditions of Service) Act, 1996.
It will also cover Inter-State Migrant Workmen (Regulation of Employment & Condition of Services) Act, 1979 and Inter-State Migrant Workmen (Regulation of Employment & Condition of Services) Act, 1979. A unified Web Portal ShramSuvidha Portal , was launched on October 16, 2014, is already catering to four major Organisations under the Ministry of Labour, namely Office of Chief Labour Commissioner (Central), Directorate General of Mines Safety, Employees Provident Fund Organization and Employees State Insurance Corporation.