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SEZs exempted from ESI, EPF payments

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New Delhi , Nov. 6

THE Government has extended a major sop to units in Special Economic Zones (SEZs) by exempting them from payment of statutory dues like contribution to the Employees' Provident Fund (EPF) and the Employees' State Insurance (ESI) for a period of five years.

"We have taken a decision to exempt units in SEZs from payment of statutory dues for a five-year period covering ESI and EPF obligations," the Union Labour Minister, Mr Sahib Singh Verma, said at an employee relations conference organised by the Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE) here on Thursday.

The notification was issued on Wednesday and the first State that could enjoy the concessions is Gujarat, where the Positra SEZ promoted by Sea King Infrastructure Ltd is coming up.

The units in the SEZ would be eligible for the exemptions, provided they implement their own schemes without compromising on the social security of the workers, Mr Verma said.

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