Autonomous organisations - Industrial Relations Management

The autonomous organizations of the Ministry are:

  1. Employees State Insurance Corporation,
  2. Employees Provident Fund Organization
  3. Central Board for Workers Education, and
  4. VV Giri National Labour Institute.


Employees’ State Insurance Scheme of India is a multidimensional social security system tailored to provide socio-economic protection to worker population and their dependants covered under the scheme. Besides full medical care for self and dependants, that is admissible from day one of insurable employment, the insured persons are also entitled to a variety of cash benefits in times of physical distress due to sickness, temporary or permanent disablement etc. resulting in loss of earning capacity, the confinement in respect of insured women, dependants of insured persons who die in industrial accidents or because of employment injury or occupational hazard are entitled to a monthly pension called the dependants benefit.

Employees Provident Fund Organization:

The Employees' Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) is a Social Security Organisation, which came in to existence under the provisions of The employees' Provident Fund and Miscellaneous Provisions Act, 1952 [Act 19 of 1952]{the Act} –an Act to provide for the institution of provident funds, pension fund and deposit-linked insurance fund for employees in factories and other establishments. The sole objective behind the creation of EPFO is to administer the provisions of the Act and the three schemes framed there under namely Employees ' Provident Fund Scheme , 1952, Employees' Pension Scheme, 1995 and Employees' Deposit-Linked Insurance Scheme, 1976. All these three schemes are framed with an objective to provide monetary benefits to the working class in Commercial and Industrial Establishments by way of accumulated provident fund and pension benefits at the time of deth/retirement and Insurance Benefit to the family members of the covered employees in case of their death while in service.

The main functions of the E.P.F. Organisation are as follows:-

  1. To make the benefits available to all the eligible employees in all the covered establishments in the proper manner and at the proper time.
  2. To secure from the employers compliance with the statutory provisions by ensuring prompt deposit of statutory dues and submission of returns.
  3. To maintain the accounts of the three funds and of the subscribers.
  4. To grant advances to the subscribers from their credit in the E.P.F. for certain specific purposes in times of need.
  5. To keep each subscriber informed about the amount at his credit in the Provident Fund by furnishing to him every year a statement of Provident Fund accounts.
  6. To settle accounts of the subscribers promptly in the event of death or on the cessation of membership.

Central Board for Workers Education (CBWE)

The Central Board for Workers Education was set up in 1958 as a tripartite society in the Ministry of Labour. Its headquarter is in Nagpur.

The objectives of the Board inter alia include:

  • To strengthen among working class a sense of patriotism, national integrity, unity, communal harmony and secularism
  • To equip all section of workers for their intelligent participation in social and economic development of the nation
  • To develop among workers a greater understanding of the problems of their social and economic environment, their responsibilities, and their rights and obligations and citizens, as workers and as members and office-bearers of trade unions.
  • To develop leadership from among the rank-and-file of workers
  • To develop strong, united and more responsible trade unions
  • To strengthen democratic processes and traditions in the trade union movement
  • To enable trade unions themselves to take over ultimately the functions of workers education.

VV. Giri National Labour Institute:

V.V.Giri National Labour institute (WGNLI), an autonomous body of the Ministry of Labour, Government of India, which was set up in July.1974, has grown into a premier Institute of labour research and education. Since its inception, the Institute has endeavored through its research, training education and publications to reach out to diverse groups concerned with various aspects of labour in the organized and the unorganized sectors. The focus of such endeavors is the concern to transfer academic insights and understanding for application to policy formulation and act on so as to ensure a just place for labour in an egalitarian and democratic society.

Research occupies a primary place in the activities of the Institute. The subject of research comprises a broad spectrum of labour related problems in both the organized and unorganized sectors. While determining the topics of research, care is also taken to identify subjects and issues of current topical concern and policy relevance. The Institute continues to place greater emphasis on the problems and issues of labour in the unorganized sector in general and the more disadvantaged among these such as child labour, women labour, and migrant labour and rural labour in particular. Research activities also explore the basic needs of different groups of trainees such as trade union leaders and organizers in both the organized and unorganized sectors, managers of public and private sectors, labour administrators, and volunteers of non-governmental organisations.

Some of the following major Research/action Research projects are:

  • Integrated Project on Labour History - This include process integration of Archive of Indian Labour, collection of labour movement related material etc.
  • Prevention of HIV/AIDS at the Workplace - VVGNLI is the Technical Resource Group on Prevention of HIV/AIDS in the World of Work under the National AIDS Control Programme.

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