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Eligibility for Membership  
At the inception of the Employees' Provident Fund Scheme, 1952 an employee who was in receipt of pay up to Rs. 300/- p.m. and who worked for one year was eligible for membership of the fund. As a result of amendments made from time to time, the conditions of eligibility for membership has been liberalized in favour of the employee. Liberalization that have taken place by way of amendment to Employees' Provident Fund Scheme, 1952 for enrolment to membership with regard to wage limit [Para 2 (f)] and qualifying period of service (pare 26) are given below

CHRONOLOGICAL EVENT IN THE CHANGE OF WAGE LIMIT UNDER EMPLOYEES’ PROVIDENT FUND SCHEME, 1952 [Para 2(f)] FOR MEMBERSHIP

Period

Wage limit per month (in Rs.)

01.11.1952 to 31.05.1957

300

01.06.1957 to 30.12.1963

500

31.12.1962 to 10.12.1976

1000

11.12.1976 to 31.08.1985

1600

01.09.1985 to 31.10.1990

2500

01.11.1990 to 30.09.1994

3500

01.10.1994 to 31.05.2001

5000

01.06.2001 onwards

6500

QUALIFYING PERIOD OF SERVICE ELIGIBILITY FOR ENROLMENT TO THE MEMEBRSHIP (Para 26 of the EPF Scheme, 1952)

From the inception of the EPF Scheme, in 1952 till 2nd December 1971

Completion of one year’s continuous service or has actually worked for not les than 240 days within a period of one year or less, whichever is earlier.

From 03.12.1971 to 09.08.1974

Completion of one year’s continuous service or has actually worked for not les than 240 days within a period of one year or less, or has been declared permanent in any such factory or other establishment whichever is earliest.

From 10.08.1974 to 30.01.1981

Completion of six months continuous service or has actually worked for not less than 120 days within a period of six months or less or has been declared permanent in any such factory or other establishment, whichever is the earliest.

From 31.01.1981 to 31.10.1990

Completion of three months continuous service or has actually worked for not less than 60 days within a period of three months or has been declared permanent in any such factory or other establishment, which is earliest.

From 01.11.1990 onwards

From the date of joining the factory/ establishments