EPFO and ESIC directed to not inspect start ups

The Labour Ministry has directed retirement fund body EPFO and health insurance provider ESIC to exempt startups from inspection and filing returns for 3 years. In line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision to nurture startups, the ministry said in a set of directions last week that the new age ventures should be allowed to self-certify their compliance with 9 labour laws.

Labour Secretary Shankar Aggarwal in a letter said startups should not be inspected or asked to file returns for 3 years under 9 laws including Employees' Provident Fund and Miscellaneous Provisions Act and the Employees State Insurance Act. "Promoting startups would need special hand holding and nurturing. Thus, such ventures may be allowed to self-certify compliance with the Labour Laws," he added. They will be exempted from inspection under the Building and other Construction Workers (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service) Act, Inter-State Migrant Workmen (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service) Act, Payment of Gratuity Act and Contract Labour Act. Startups will also be exempted from filing returns under the Industrial Disputes Act, Building and other Construction Workers Act, Inter-State Migrant Workmen Act, Contract Labour Act, EPF Act and ESI Act. There will be a blanket exemption from inspection and filing returns for the first year and would be asked to file an online self declaration form. They will also not be asked to file return or inspected for the next two years, but will be inspected in case a "very credible and verifiable" complaint of violation is filed in writing and the approval has been obtained from the Central Analysis and Intelligence Unit (CAIU), Aggarwal said.

Except the EPF and Miscellaneous Provisions Act and the ESI Act, the implementation of other seven laws lies in both central and state government's sphere. Labour Ministry had directed its officials as well as the EPFO and ESIC to regulate inspection of startups, under laws which lie in the centre's sphere. more  

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What about the industry started in last one year. more  
Addagulla... even our prime minister is also giving advise on agriculture... so be more specific. more  
Tushar.... month and year of incorporation is from now to 2019 and business can be any. more  
good start more  
I have 2 questions here. Can anybody answer please: 1) What should be the month/year of Incorporation of the Company in ROC, to be considered as a start-up? 2) What should be the line of business of the company to be considered under this category to these benefits? more  
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