Reiterating that creating job opportunities is at the core of Government policies, Finance
Minister cited an independent study as showing that 70 lakh formal jobs will be created this year.
To carry forward the momentum created by the measures taken during the last 3 years to boost
employment generation, Shri Jaitley announced that the Government will contribute 12% of the
wages of the new employees in the EPF for all the sectors for next three years. He proposed to
make amendments in the Employees Provident Fund and Miscellaneous Provisions Act, 1952 to
reduce women employees’ contribution to 8% for first three years of their employment against
existing rate of 12% or 10% with no change in employers’ contribution.
The Budget proposed an outlay of Rs.7148 crore for the textile sector in 2018-19 as
against Rs.6,000 Crore in 2016.