Matters of concern

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Listed below are some observations which need clarification from the relevant authorities.

Lieu leave on 07.05.2012

Government has declared 7 May 2012 (Monday) as a Public and Bank Holiday in lieu of the Statutory Holiday falling on Sunday 6 May 2012.  No lieu leave needs to be granted to Government employees who are enjoying Statutory and Non Statutory Holidays (in addition to Poya days and weekends).

Only the Mercantile Sector employees are entitled for this additional holiday facility in lieu, as they do not enjoy non statutory holiday facility.  However, bank employees enjoy all holidays.

Some of the Mercantile Sector currently permit the employees to take the additional holiday on a day of their choice without closing the establishments. Banks also could follow this practice.

EPF/ETF benefits to private bus crew

It was announced that the EPF and ETF benefit will be availed to private bus employees.  The private bus service recommenced its operations in 1978 (closed in 1957) and EPF benefits should have been given to the employees from inception. From 1 March 1981 and 1 April 1983, ETF and Retiring Gratuity respectively should also accrue.

Surprisingly, the Labour Department has failed to observe this.  It is hoped that corrective action would be take to cover all employees since inception.

S.R. Balachandran, B.Sc. FCA