|Wednesday, March 09, 2011|
Sub Regional Office
Shillong is the 118th office to “Go Live”
Chief Minister of Meghalaya Dr. Mukul
Sangama along with Ms Ampareen Lyngdoh Minister for Education and
Tourism, Meghalaya, today inaugurated computerisation in Sub Regional
Office Shillong at a small function organised at Hotel Pine wood.
Shillong is the 118th office of EPFO to migrate to the computerised
operations. With this, all the EPF offices in the North East Region
have been computerised.
Dr Sangama generated the first payment
through the Application for EPF member Banasree Pal AS/1386/37. Two
other members namely Madona Iawphniaw (As/703/675) and Snarbor Laloo(AS/704/204)
also received their PF settlements on the occasion.
Speaking at the occasion, Dr. Sangama
while expressing pleasure in being part of the world’s largest
social Security system provided by EPFO said that social security
was the greatest need of the hour as “insecurity is dangerous”.
A secure citizen can only help in the progress and development of
the society at large. He expressed concern at non availability of
social security to the unorganised sector. On the occasion he announced
that his government will be launching a scheme of social security
for the Building and construction workers in the state. All Government
construction agencies will fund this scheme through 1% cess on Project
work. This he said would be deducted at source. He further said that
the role of media was very important in bringing awareness amongst
the stake holders about the schemes and the benefits so that voluntary
coverage is encouraged. He further said that there was a need to spread
awareness especially amongst the youth so that they are aware of their
entitlements post gainful employment.
Ms Ampareen Lyngdoh, Education and
Tourism minister, the Guest of honour at the function while expressing
pleasure for being part of a significant milestone in the history
of the EPF offices said ‘To me as the Education and Tourism
Minister, it gives me special sense of satisfaction as the majority
of the establishments under Sub Regional Office Shillong are either
from Education or Tourism sector. I am also happy to note that EPFO
is taking efforts to enter into bilateral agreements with different
countries for transferability and consolidation of social security
benefits for our fellow citizens who go abroad on employment. I feel
the youth of NER would benefit the most because of this in times to
come.” She added that such efforts bring visibility about transparency
in Public Governance through leveraging technology that should continue
to be strengthened. In her concluding remarks she appreciated the
efforts of the officers involved in the computerisation and said “I
will wait for the day when every Indian is extended the benefits of
a much needed social security system that does not discriminate its
citizens on the basis of salary or employment strength of an establishment”.
Central Provident Fund Commissioner,
S. Chatterjee speaking at the occasion said that it was the Organisation’s
privilege to extend technology enabled conveniences to members such
as SMS alerts on various stages of claim settlement, display of the
same over the web and also availability of member balances on the
web though that would require some security features before personal
information is shared in public domain. He further said that Organisation
has the policy of making secure investments. The investments made
by EPFO in Meghalaya Government bond was around 350 crores. He added
that the Organisation intends to be a part of the development process
of the area and would consider additional investments when such Government
bonds are floated.
Sh. P. Hangsing, Regional Provident
Fund Commissioner, Shillong in his welcome address said, that it was
a new beginning for Shillong office that served nearly 44000 EPF subscribers
spread across 750 establishments. He hoped that with the added convenience
pace of voluntary coverage would become the order of the day.
Others who were present at the occasion
include senior officers of Meghalaya State Government, Employers’,
Employees’ representatives and Senior EPFO officers namely B.K.
Panda and S.L. Srivastava both Additional Central Provident Fund Commissioners,
Uttam Prakash, Sanjay Kesari, Regional Provident Fund Commissioners
from Project division of Headquarters and S. K. Sangma, Ritu Raj Medhi
Regional Provident Fund commissioners, Reuben Syiem, Assistant Provident
Fund Commissioner from Regional office Guwahati. Vallal Muan, Assistant
Provident Fund Commissioner, Shillong, S. Baskaran and S.K. Pattnaik,
Assistant Directors (IS) coordinated the launch of the Application
Ms. S. K. Sangma, Regional Provident
Fund Commissioner, Guwahati thanked the Chief guest, The Chief Minister
of Megalaya and Guest of Honour Ms. Ampareen Lyngdoh in taking out
time to grace the occasion. She also thanked CPFC and Additional CPFCs
for exceptional support. Concluding her vote of thanks she expressed
her gratitude to the officers from Project Division, Head Office for
taking special care for the successful launch of the Computerisation
in SRO, Shillong.
The function ended with a colourful
cultural programme depicting the unique diversity of North East.
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