The Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) has engaged Edelweiss Tokio Life Insurance to provide the group term insurance plan in lieu of Employees’ Deposit Linked Insurance (EDLI) Scheme 1976 which may lead to a higher group insurance of Rs1.32 lakh for each employee. Under the existing scheme, an EPFO subscriber gets insurance cover of up to Rs1 lakh before superannuation.
Employers contribute 0.5% of basic pay of an employee as insurance premium to the EDLI scheme every month. The benefit under the scheme is given on the basis of the provident fund balance in the subscriber’s account. The subscriber gets the benefit equivalent to the PF account balance if the balance is up to Rs50,000. If the balance exceeds Rs50,000, the benefit is to the tune of the account balance plus 40% of balance, subject to maximum of Rs1 lakh.
Meanwhile, the finance ministry has approved 8.5% interest for PF for 2012-13, up from 8.25% in the previous year, for over 50 million EPFO subscribers. EPFO is supposed to announce the rate of interest on PF deposits before the beginning of a financial year. However, for the past few years, there has been delay in announcement of rates. This time, the rate of interest has been notified after the end of the financial year. In the absence of the notification, the claims are settled at the interest rate