The Social Security Association of India was formed with the primary objective of promoting social security in India. The Association was inaugurated by the then Union Finance Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, in December 1991. It was registered as a society under the Societies Registration Act, in July 1992.

Study Report


SSAI Annual Lecture 2017


Training Workshop, Bengaluru 2018 Organised by Karnataka Chapter supported by NCL, Bengaluru and on collaboration with DGUV, Germany

Kolkata Seminar,25-26 May,2017 on "Social Protection Floor through Unemployment Insurance in West Bengal

A seminar was held in Delhi on 19 Dec ’16 presided over by Dr A K Balyan, President, SSAI . Shri Rajit Punhani, DG(LW),Min of Labour & Employment, was  the Chief Guest on the occasion. A large section of the trade union leaders, employers’ representatives, social security experts, Sr Adviser FES & government officials attended the seminar to make their viewpoints heard on the report.

A seminar was held in Kolkata on 09 Dec ’16 presided over by Shri Ramen Pandey, President Kolkata Chapter & under the auspices of Kolkata Chapter of SSAI. Janab Aziz Rasul, Addl. Labour Commissioner, Govt of WB & CEO, WBSCWWB was the Chief Guest & Dr Pravin Sinha,Sr Adviser,FES, was Special Guest on the occasion.  A large section of the trade union leaders, employers’ representatives, social security experts, CREDAI representative attended the seminar to make their viewpoints heard on the report.

Workshop on Social Protection Floor , SCOPE Convention Centre,Lodhi Road New Delhi on 9th September,2016

Kolkata Chapter of Social Security Association of India in collaboration with BRICS, principal sponsor and TEOCO, IL&FS, DCPL, United Spirits, Marathon & C Quel and other distinguished CSR companies organized a Seminar on Labour Laws Reform initiatives of the Government of India and an interactive session on the related issues  with Chief Labour Commissioner, Central,  GOI ,Shri A.K.Nayak, Ms Udita Chowdhury, Addl CPFC,EZ, Shri Chinmay Bose, Regional Director, ESIC,WB and Shri SH Askari,   Addl Labour Commissioner, Govt of West Bengal. The seminar was presided over by Shri Ramen Pandey, President, Kolkata Chapter & Member, Central Board of Trustees, EPFO.

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Workshop on "Health Security for Construction Workers" was held on 27 Nov 2015, presided over by Dr PD Shenoy,former Union Labour Secretary flanked by Dr Pravin Sinha, SR Advisor,FES,and introductory speech by G.Ramanand President,Karnataka Chapter,SSAI. Pic below Shri B N Som,Secretary General,SSAI

Karnataka Chapter held a special meeting of its members on 2Oct 2015 to pay their homage to our beloved Past-President Shri Sanat Mehta at Bengaluru. Shri RKA Subramanya,Former SG, SSAI, Dr AM Raju,National Coordinator and Mr G.Ramanand,President, Karnataka Chapter spoke on the occasion.

Glimpses of Annual General Meeting, Annual Day celebration and social security lecture at Tagore Hall,Scope Convention Centre,New Delhi,16 Nov 2015


Round Table Conference On Primary Health Care under ESI Scheme



Special Meeting in Kolkata , 22August 2014 On INDEXATION of PENSION Felicitation of President,Kolkata Chapter


The annual lecture drew great admiration from the gathering and generated animated discussion.The lecture was wll attended by a packed house. Please click on the photos to visit the photo gallery for more visuals.



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Shri B.Bhattacharyya, Chief Secretary,(Retd) Karnataka inaugurated the RTC. To view the full gallery please click on the above picture^



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Workshop, Social Security for unorganised workers

SSAI Kolkata Chapter Annual Day Programme

The Association consists of social security institutions public administrators, serving and retired, trade unions and trade union leaders, managers and management consultants., judges and lawyers, academicians and experts in social security and other persons interested in social security.
Seven Classes of Members
  • Institutional members
  • Organisations of employers
  • Organisations of workers
  • Other organisations
  • Life members (Individuals)
  • Ordinary members
  • Associate members
The following institutions have become permanent members of the Association:
  • Institutional members
  • Organisations of employers
  • Organisations of workers
  • Other organisations
  • Life members (Individuals)
  • Ordinary members
  • Associate members

New Secretary General:

Dr Pravin Sinha has taken over as the Secretary General with effect from 1 May 2018. We wish Dr Sinha all success in this assignment. We pledge our unstinting support and cooperation to him.




The first activity  of the Association for the year starts with holding of a national seminar in Kolkata on 6 March 2018, at Hotel Hindustan International, Phoniex Hall, Kolkata 700020. The seminar is being organised by Kolkata Chapter.


The subject matter of discussion of the Seminar is titled, "Reengieering Labour Laws- New Labour Codes." Discussion will focuss on Social Security & Welfare Code and Industrial Code which are now at a very advence stage of consideration by the central government. We have invited senior officers of the Ministry of Labour and Employment, Govt of India, to speak on the Codes to be followed by interactive discussion with frontline trade union leaders, corporate honchos, with the respected members of Chambers of Commerce and Industry, social security experts, academecians and representatives of the West Bengal Government.


Participation is on invitation.

Please contact Secretary, Kolkata Chapter, Shri Sushobhan Sarkar, 9830119000 , for participation.


Bangalore Chapter of our Association, in collaboration with German Social Accident Insurance (DGUV) and with the support of National Centre for Labour(NCL) had organized a training Session on “Safety and Health: 2018 Vision Zero in the Construction Sector” on 10 January,2018 at Century Club ,Begaluru.. Prof H.C.Noetel,President, Construction Section, ISSA, was the Chief Guest on the occasion along with Ms Eva Marie Höffer, Head, International Social Law Division, DGUV, and Shri B K Sahu, Head, Indo-German Focal Point, India. Distinguished trade union representatives, from trade unions like, INTUC, AITUC, HMS , CITU and NCL, distinguished social security administrators, State Government representatives, economists and academicians.
The training programme was organized by Dr AM Raju, National Coordinator being ably supported by Prof K B Akhilesh. Shri Kennedy Ramannad, Shri Jaswant Singh, Shri Jebba Kumar and N P Samy, Secretary General,NCL were invited.
As many as 80 workers and experts participated in the seminar. The objective of the seminar was to provide an insight into the best practices in construction sector prevailing in the developed countries, especially in Germany and to emulate the attitude of providing better equipment and adequate knowledge on its management technique to ensure workplace free of accidents to the workers.
Proceedings of the training session have been uploaded for your perusal.

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We have successfully held  a seminar on Unemployment Insurance at Century Club ,Bengluru organised by Karnataka Chapter in collaboration with Friedrich Ebert Stiftung. The seminar was coordinated by Dr AM Raju,National Coordinator,SSAI, presided over by Shri Jeba Kumar,Vice-President, Karnataka Chapter. It was well attended by participants from the trade unions, employee organisations and by eminent social security experts from far and near. Seminar had a gathethering of about 65 perticipants.The proceedings of the Seminar has been circulated to all and is uploaded on our website also. 

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It is hereby  notified for information of all members of the Association that the our Annual General Meeting for 2017 will be held on 9 January 2018 at India International Centre. All are cordially invited to attend the Meeting.
Annual Social Security Lecture 2017 will be delivered by an ISSA celebrity, Prof H.C. Noetel, Vice President, ISSA Construction Section  and Senior Consultant. BG BAU,Germany. He will speak on safety, security and  protection at workplace specially for construction workers. This year's annuial lecture will be held at 4pm on 9 January 2018  at India International Centre, New Delhi 110003. Eminent personalities from the Building industry, from government,trade unions, civil societies, ILO, and  social security training Institutions are being invited  on this occasion.

We are arranging a national consultation on working of  State Construction Workers’ Welfare Boards on 2nd May 2017, pursuant to our study report submitted to the Ministry of Labour and Employment to accelerate the process of implementation of the recommendations contained in that report.

The programme will be held at Indian International Centre, Max Muller Marg, New Delhi. Shri Rajit Punhani, Director General,  Labour Welfare, has consented to be the Chief Guest on the occasion. We haveinvited the CEOS of all the State Boards, the trade union leaders, employers’ bodies, eminent social security experts, CPFC, and some of the leading NGOs working for the cause of construction workers.


Second Programme

We are organising one programme, titled, ‘Training on Securing SPF through Unemployment Insurance in West Bengal’ on 25-26th May,2017 to highlight the efficacy of unemployment insurance as a measure of social protection. We have chosen West Bengal as focus of the discussion as that State is running some schemes of employment insurance for protecting the job seekers as well as the job losers due to industrial action.

We have invited senior social security specialist of ILO to speak on ILO perspective on social protection floor. We have also invited Prof. Ravi Srivastava of JNU who is a well-known expert on social protection floor as practised in India. We have invited Secretary, Department of Labour, Government of West Bengal, Insurance Commissioner, ESIC, to speak on the respective unemployment schemes run by them. We have also invited all the trade union leaders in West Bengal, Chambers of Commerce representatives, eminent economists, social security experts, IRDA top brass to spread the message of unemployment insurance far and wide. We have invited Secretary, Ministry of Labour and Employment to inaugurate the programme.

The venue of the programme is Hotel Hindustan International,Kolkata.


This is to inform our members that henceforth, starting with December 2016 issue of our journal, named,Indian Journal of Social Security , will be available only on our website. Hard copy of the Journal will be distributed only to our Institutional / Corporate members, to ILO/ISSA , to National Library and such other eminemt institutions only.

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On the occasion of its Annual Day celebration, Kolkata Chapter is organizing a Round Table Conference in Kolkata on 17 Feb 2017, at HYATT REGENCY HOTEL, JA Blk,Sector-III,Salt Lake City.The subject matter of the Confereces is to present our findings to the highest authority of GOI on Labour Laws Reform and to voice concerns in certain areas where reforms are still lagging.
The Union Labour Secretary, Smt M Sathiavathy, has kindly consented to Chair this all-important conference. The Central PF Commissioner, Shri V K Joy and other senior government officers will also attend this conference..
It is a half-day programme starting at 0930 to end at 1330 hrs followed by working lunch.
All our members located in & around Kolkata are cordially invited to attend the meeting under intimation to Shri Sushobhan Sarkar,Secretary,Kolkata Chapter.


PROCEEDINGS OF THE WORKSHOP On Social Protection Floor SCOPE Convention Centre, 09 September, 2016, New Delhi


Workshop on social protection floor was held at SCOPE Contention Centre, Lodhi Complex, New Delhi – 110 003 in collaboration with Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) on 9th September 2016. The workshop was presided over by Dr. A.K. Balyan, President, SSAI and the inaugural speech was delivered by Mr. Marcus Ruck, Senior Specialist (SS), ILO. The meeting was also addressed by Dr. Praveen Sinha, Senior Advisor, providing FES perspective on the subject matter of discussion.

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Final report- 21 Dec 2016


This project for Study of the working of the State Construction Workers’ Welfare Board was approved by Friedrick Ebert Stiftung for the year 2016.Later, ONGC, Oil India Limited and ESIC came forward to support our study. We would also like to mention that Social Security Association of India has carried out the present Study in association with National Campaign Committee for Central Legislation for Construction Workers, an organization known for spearheading the movement for the welfare of the construction workers and protection of their rights; Bihar Institute of Economic Studies (BIES), Patna; and National Centre for Labour (NCL), Bengaluru, an organization dedicated to the cause of the unorganized workers.

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We organized two seminars- one in Kolkata on 09 Dec’16 and the other in Delhi, on 19 Dec ’16, in collaboration with the FES and supported by ONGC, Oil India and ESIC for consultation with the trade union leaders, with employers’ representatives, with CREDAI representative, social security experts and government officials on its findings on the working of the State Construction Workers’ Welfare Boards and for formulation of recommendations for improvement in the functioning of the State Boards and for better utilization of the welfare fund.
We have submitted our final report to the union government. Consequently, a meeting is being held with the Director General (LW), Ministry of Labour & Employment, on 30 Dec ‘16 to discuss the ways and means of implementing the recommendations.

Announcement: SSAI Silver Jubilee Year


We are happy to announce that with the cooperation of as many as  nineteen  State Construction Workers Welfare Boards, we have been able to complete the study of the working of these Boards . We have submitted our report to FES which has been the main driving force behind this Study. We are also beholden to ONGC,IOCL & ESIC for having come to our aid generously.

     You would kindly recall that we are about to start our Silver Jubilee year from the  next month, December 2016. To commemorate the silver jubilee year of ours, we have decided to organise two seminars ,one in Kolkata and the other in New Delhi, to discuss the findings and our recommendations this Study with the experts in the field.

Social Security Coverage and Health Care for Construction Workers


Conference on social security coverage and health care for construction workers was held on 31st May 2016 in the Conference Hall, Hotel Park Plaza, Sector 55, Noida at the initiative of Delhi – NCR Chapter, New Delhi. The conference was inaugurated by the veteran trade union leader, Shri R K Tripathi of Hind Mazdur Sabha and Member, ESI Corporation.

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After holding a seminar on “Health Care & Coverage for Unorganised Workers”. to commemorate the new initiative of ESI Corporation to create a new healthcare cover for this segment of the workers, on 31 may 2016 at Noida, SSAI is organizing a workshop in New Delhi on 9 September, 2016, in collaboration with Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES),Delhi, for propagating the concept of “Social Protection Floor”, a movement initiated by ILO to herald a new and integrated policy prescription for creating a full-fledged social security cover for the  citizens by its member nations. The workshop will be a daylong discussion inviting distinguished personalities in the field ,like, Prof Ravi Srivastava of Jawaharlal Nehru University, Prof Amitabh Kundu, Director, Technical Advisory Committee, Dr K B Akhilesh, Department of Management Studies,IISc,Dr Naresh Saksena, former ,Secretary Planning & former Member,NAC, Shri Harsh Mander,Director,CES,& a social activist,  Dr Pravin Sinha, Senior Advisor (IR &Projects),FES, Dr LD Mishra, Former Secretary, Min of Labour, senior officers from various ministries dealing with health, rural development and food security  are some of the distinguished faculties who will  depict  the Indian model of SPF.

All members of SSAI located in Delhi-NCR are cordially invited to participate in this momentous workshop on the outcome of which several other regional conferences on the same topic will be organized.

A note on the theme of the workshop is uploaded in our website for your information.

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Our members will be delighted to know that our Association has been entrusted with a study of the working of State Welfare Boards for the Construction Workers. This study has already commenced from the 1st of July 2016 and is designed to be completed by 31 December 2016. The synopsis of the study proposal is uploaded in the website for your perusal.

A.  Mentor of the Study            - Dr LD Mishra, Founder Member
B.  Advisory Board                   -i) Dr AK Balyan, President
                                               ii) A D Nagpal,   Vice-President
                                               iii) N Vyas ,        Treasurer

C. Preparation of Study Methodology & questionnaire
         -Dr Santlal Arora
D. Team Coordinator                   -Ramesh Kukreja, Addl Secretary General
 E. Planning & Overseeing             -B N Som, Secretary General
F. Study  Associates                     - NCCCL,Delhi/BIES,Patna/ NCL,Bengaluru
G.. Field Study  Groups::
(a) Del/HR/PB/HP/UK/UP       -Ramesh Kukreja,ASG
(b) Raj/Guj/MP                   -UC Jain,VP,Raj Chapter
(c) MH/Goa/ChattGH               -Surinder Suri,Secretary,Mumbai Chapter
(d) WB/AS                              -S.Sarkar, Secy, Kol Chapter
(e) OR                                     -A P Mishra ,Secretary,Odisha Chapter
(e) BR                                     -BIES,Patna

(f)  KK//AP/KR                         -G.Ramanand, President,KKChapter/Dr A.M Raju                                                                            National Coordinator  Coordinator/NP Samy,
                                                              General Secretary,NCL

(g) TN                                      -A.Viswanathan, Founder Member

All members are requested to provide necessary support to the Study Team, as and when so required, for successful completion of the study.

The report of the Study Team will be formally submitted to the Government of India in due course.

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Governing Body of the Association has decided to organize a seminar on concept of “EPS or NPS” in the month of November, 2016. It was also decided to hold the annual day lecture in November 2016.


Memebers would be happay to know that our Association have effictively handled the situation that arose on account of the government decision to tax EPF withdrawals. We had first sent our letter of protest giving detailed reasons in favour of total roll back of  the tax proposal. We then took up the matter with the FM also giving concrete calculation how the proposal is going to overturn the apple cart of social security built over several decades. Then we submitted our viewpoints to PM .This we followed up with an intense net campaining also. Our efforts have yielded the desired result as you all know. We are uploading our letters sent to the dignitaries for your perusal and comments ,if any.

Secretary General

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Kolkata Chapter of Social Security Association of India in collaboration with BRICS, principal sponsor and TEOCO, IL&FS, DCPL, United Spirits, Marathon & C Quel and other distinguished CSR companies organized a Seminar on Labour Laws Reform initiatives of the Government of India, on 16th January, 2016 at New Town of Kolkata. The Chief Guest on the occasion was Shri A.K.Nayak.   Chief Labour Commissioner, Central, GOI, The seminar was attended by over 100 participants from various establishments located in and around Kolkata. The Special Guests of Honour on the occasion were Ms Udita Chowdhury, Addl CPFC, EZ, Shri Chinmay Bose, Regional Director, ESIC, WB and Shri SH Askari,   Addl Labour Commissioner, Govt of West Bengal. The seminar was presided over by Shri Ramen Pandey,President, Kolkata Chapter &  Member, Central Board of Trustees, EPFO and an eminent all India trade union leader.

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You all will be glad to know that the Ministry of Labour and Employment has invited the Association to make a presentation of its suggestions on codification and simplification of social security laws now under consideration of the government on 6 January 2016 at 1430 hrs. Response of the Association is being drafted by Rajasthan Chapter consisting of Shri U C Jain,Shri AN Roy and Justice PC Jain. We have  consulted Shri RKA Subramanya as also the chapter on social security in Indian Labour Code 1994 drafted by our late President,Sanat Mehta.


Health Security for Construction Workers


The proceedings of the  National Workshop on "Health Security for Construction Workers' held on 27 Nov 2015 in Begaluru is uploaded for your perusal. The recommendations of the Workshop will be taken up with both the concerned State Government and the Union Government for action.

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Seminar on Health Security for Construction Workers


Date of the Event :  Friday the 27th November 2015 Time: 9:30 AM  to 5:00 PM. Venue :The Institution of Engineers (India) Karnataka State Centre, #3, Dr. B. R. Ambedkar Veedhi, Bangalore - 560001.

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A workshop was proposed to be organised in Begaluru on 21 Oct 2015 by Karnataka Chapter in collaboration with Friedrich Ebert Stiftung,New Delhi, has now been resecheduled to 27 November 2015 on account of Secretary General,SSAi's absence to attend on invitation "International Bali Workshop and Conference on Social Security",Indonesia. Shri G. Ramanand.President, Karnataka Chapter, has already issued the Worshop Brochure on the programme which is attached for information of all concened. Dr Mahendra Raju, National Coordinator, is overseeing the Workshop activities in association with Shri Ramanand. Shri RKA Subramanya, Past General Secretary,NP Samy, General Secretay ,NCL and Dr KB Akhilesh,of IISc are advising the organisers for the programme.

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Seminar on   "JanDhan se Jansuraksha"


Odisha Chapter had organised a seminar to create awareness about one of the most innovative social security initiatives, named by the governemnt as, "JanDhan se Janasuraaksha" at Bhubneshwar on the auspicious day of Raksha Bandhan on 29 August 2015. The seminar was supported by a host of sponsors,namely, State Bank of India, SBI Life,LICof India, OMC,NALCO,Bajaj Alliance, pnbMet Life, UCO Bank, MGM Group & Bima Chronicle,Odisha. The Seminar was conceived and guided by Shri B K Sahu,GB Member and ably helped by a group of outstanding social security activits, like,Shri Ashok Prasad Mishra,Dr Sushanta Moharana,Shri Prakash Mohapatra. The Seminar was attended by over hundred participants drawn from the trade unions,construction industry, students and enployees from the banks and insurance companies. Shri B K Sahu welcomed the participants and Shri B N Som,Secretary General,SSAI, delivered the validctary address.

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A Workshop on "Income Security and Health Security" is being organised by Rajasthan Chapter in collaboration with Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) at Jaipur on 12 September 2015. Eminent specialists on wage policy and healthcare have been invited to address participants. Workshop will be inaugurated by the Principal Secretary Labour,Rajasthan Govt.Justice P.C.Jain,will preside over the Workshop.


Round Table Conference On Primary Health Care under ESI Scheme

We had a successful Round Table Conference on primary heajth care issues in ESIC system on 21 May 2015 at Rockfield Hospital,Manesar,Gurgeon in collaboration with FES and with the support of DELhi-NCR Chapter.more than 40 invitees participated in the workshop >Dr A K Balyan,Working President was in the Chair. Notable invitees were Mr Micheal Diad,Secretary,ASSOCHM & Member ESIC, Mr Virjessh Upadhya,Secreaty general,BMS, Mr M.Jha, Secretary,AITUC,Haryana,Dr Pravin Sinha, Sr Advisor, FES,Dr Anju Agnihotri,MS,Manesar, Dr R. K. Sharma,SSMC,Haryana and many others. At the end of the Conference, a list of recommendations were catalogued for submission to the Corporation for consideration.

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Round Table Conference On Primary Health Care under ESI Scheme May 20th 2015 Manesar Haryana


Round Table Conference to discuss the issues concerning primary health care under ESI Scheme was organised on 20th May 2015 by Delhi/NCR Chapter of Social Security Association of India in collaboration with Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, Delhi. It was a daylong conference of practicing physicians from ESIC and the State Government of Haryana, Social Security Administrators, Trade Union Leaders, Employers’ Representatives, Social Activists drawn from various parts of the country. The conference was chaired by Dr. A.K.Balyan, Working President, SSAI. Dr. Praveen Sinha, Senior Advisor, FES was the Chief Guest on the occasion

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Round Table Conference, Gurgaon

Primary Health Care under ESI Scheme


Delhi-NCR Chapter of our Association in collaboration with Friederich Ebert Stiftung (FES) is organizing a daylong seminar at Conference Hall, Rockfield Hospital, Manesar, Gurgaon on 20 May,2015.

The objective of the Conference, as the title of the Conference suggests, is an evaluation of primary health care arrangements under the Scheme. The Conference proposes to be a gathering point of the medical experts in the field of healthcare and the users of the system to bring out the strengths and weaknesses of the existing system and the way forward.

Dr A.K.Balyan,MD & CEO,PetronetLNG and Working President ,SSAI, has kindly consented to preside over the Conference. Labour Secretary, Haryana/Delhi is being invited to deliver the of the keynote address.

Members of the Association who are desirous of participating in the Conference may please enroll their names with Shri RK Gautam,Vice-President, Delhi-NCR Chapter & Co-ordinator of the Conference.


Notice for Governing Body meeting


This is to inform you all that the next meeting of the Governing Body will be held on 11 December 2014 at 1630 hrs in           the office of Petronet LNG,World Trade Centre,Babar Road,New Delhi 110001.


Special Meeting in Kolkata , 22August 2014 On INDEXATION of PENSION Felicitation of President,Kolkata Chapter

A Special meeting of the Association was organized by Kolkata Chapter to discuss a model prepared by SSAI on indexation of EPS and to felicitate Shri Ramen Pandey, its President.

Following the study on EPS-1995 and after presenting it to the Union Minister of Labour & Employment, SSAI has worked out a model for indexation of EPS – minimum of 5% up to 8% of basic pension without seeking extra funding from any of the stakeholders. We have also tendered evidence before the Committee of Petitions, Rajya Sabha on 29 July 2013. The Petitions Committee has accepted our recommendation to index pension. By developing a financial model, we have demonstrated feasibility of indexing pension for the members by utilizing a portion of the current income of the EDLI Fund which has now accumulated a corpus of over Rs. 12,000 crore as on 31.03.13.

In preparing the model, we have taken help of legal experts and actuaries but the frame-work of the model is exclusively our brain child.

We had convened a meeting in Kolkata of the   experts and trade union leaders at the initiative of Kolkata Chapter of our Association whose President is a CBT member. All the participants have acclaimed the proposal and the TU leaders have, in particular, gone to the extent of commenting that SSAI has done that job which should have been done by them. All the trade union leaders have promised to take up the proposal with their Delhi Hq to take the matter forward.

We have also decided to present this model at the National Workshop on Migrant Labour that we are holding at Jaipur on 13 Sept 2014.

We call upon all the Chapters to discuss our proposal with the trade union leaders and EPS Pensioners to spread the message far and wide and add strength to the proposal.

Shri Ramen Pandey was facilitated on account of his book released by the Hon’ble President of India recently, titled, “Social Justice for Working People’- an anthology of various social security schemes run by the Central Government and all the schemes in operation in West Bengal at the auspices of the State Government.Shri Bhaskar Ghosh,Vice Prsident,Kolkata Chapter, spoke on the quality and relevance of the book. Shri Pandey gave a brief account of the book. Shri Kariwala proposed a vote of thanks on the occasion.

We have made a presentation of this model before the trade union leaders in Kolkata on 22 Aug and have got total support from them.

We now seek your considered views /suggestions before we present it to the Union Labour Minister.

Special Meeting in Kolkata on 22 Aug 2014

Social Security Association of India and its Kolkata Chapter, are jointly holding a special general meeting on 22nd August, 2014 at Conference Room, DCPL, 5th Floor, 24 Park Street, Kolkata 700071, from 1700hrs to 1900 hrs.

The purpose of the meeting is to utilize the occasion to discuss a proposal for indexation of EPS pension without seeking any contribution either from the employer or the employee or the government. A model of funding and disbursement has been worked out by the Association for submitting to the Government of India soon., We seek guidance of the veteran trade union leaders, employers representatives, CBT members stationed in Kolkata and our Association members on the indexation model worked out by us.

Beside this, we propose to introduce a publication,” Social Justice For Working People” compiled by Shri Ramen Pandey, President, Kolkata Chapter, President, INTUC. WB & Member CBT. This book has been released by the Hon’ble President of India. It is a compilation of social security schemes introduced during UPA-II regime and the schemes introduced by the Government of West Bengal.

Please watch out for the detailed report on the proceedings of the meeting on our web page by next week.


21st Annual General Meeting of the Association & Annual Day celebration


21st Annual General Meeting  of the Association was held on 25 April 2014 at Tagore hall, Scope Convention Centre,Lodhi Road New Delhi. Members from the NCR ,Jaipur and Kolkata were present in the meeting.Dr, A.K.Balyan,Vice President,presided over the meeting and conducted the proceedings of the meeting which were held in most friendly and cordial manner.

It was decided to start a new Chapter in Delhi for which initiative had been taken by Shri R.K.Gautam and Shri N.Vyas. The new  Chapter was expected to be operational in a couple of months' time.Shri AN Roy  asured to extend his best help to mobilie membership drive among the EPF Officres with the help of Shi Banerjee,Secretary,EPF Pensioners' Association.

Three national seminars/workshops were declared to be held with the support of FES and two studies to be undertaken,one on the working of the welfare boards for construction workers and  another on productivity dimensions in the new economic environment by raising financial supportt from the corporate members of the Association.

It was decided to fill up the existing vacancies in the Governing Body for which some names were shotlisted with the approval of the AGM.

AGM was followed by holding of the annual social security lecture delivered by Dr Ravi.S.Srivastava of JNU,a distinguished economist and an accalimed international expert on unorgansed workers and social development issues.He spoke on the presnt status of social security challenges and the way forward.The full text of the lecture has been uploaded.

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Report on Round Table Conference Social Protection Floor and Food Security Bangalore, 14th March 2014


Pursuant to the Memorandum of Understanding between Social Security Association of India and Friedrich Ebert Stiftung a round table conference on social protection floor with special emphasis on food security was held in Bangalore on 14th March 2014 at Cabinet Hall, Federation of Karnataka Chambers of Commerce and Industry. The conference was also supported by some renowned corporate entities, like, Petronet LNG, Central Warehousing Corporation and Employees’ State Insurance Corporation. It was well attended by the social security activists and thinkers from various walks of life, government representatives and some trade union and civil society organizations.

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Social Security Association in collaboration with Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) is organising a Round Table Conference on Socail  Protection Floor with reference to food security scheme  in Bangalore on 14 March 2014. The event is being organised by Bangalore Chapter led by Dr AM Raju,National Coordinator, Mr Ramanand,Vice President of the Chapter and Mr RKA Subramanya,Past Secretary General.

Theme of the Conference is  also uploaded for your information.

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Jaipur Workshop on Harmonization of Social Security Schemes

This workshop was held on 21st December 2013 at Jaipur at the initiation of our Rajasthan Chapter in collaboration with Rajasthan Productivity Council supported by Petronet LNG., ESIC, EPFO, Ambuja Cement, Binani Cement and J.K. Tyre Industries, Kankroli.The workshop was attended by 54 representatives from central trade union organisations, various employers’ organizations in Rajasthan, Rajasthan
Chamber of Commerce and Industries, representative of Labour Department, Government of Rajasthan, Employees’ State Insurance Corporation, Employees’ PF Organisation and host of employees’ organizations and NGOs. Justice P.C.Jain, President, SSAI, Rajasthan Chapter. presided over the inaugural session. In his presidential speech he focused on the need for universalisation of the terms “worker, employer and ex-service man” in the various schemes.

Shri B.N.Som, Secretary General, SSAI highlighted the need for simplification of registration procedure and argued for better delivery of benefits of the schemes for all workers. Dr.K.L.Jain, President, Rajasthan State Productivity Council, urged for one umbrella legislation to provide social security to the entire working population.The workshop discussion centered round the issues of coverage of schemes, benefits entitlement and the need for uniform provision in the schemes, like, Building and Other Construction Workers Act, 1996 and Unorganized Workers Social Security Act, 2008.The discussion centered on what should be appropriate procedure so as to provide protection/assistance which will lead to decent living. Discussions revolved round the need for unification of different types of working groups in the unorganized sector for better implementation, for achieving cost effectiveness and on the need for establishing regulatory authority at national, state and district levels. Discussion also encompassed the necessity for institution of a national social security fund. Participants agreed cutting across ideological hiatus that the construction workers contributed significantly to the economy and, therefore, deserve special attention for securing effective social security. Having regard to the stark reality that the unorganized workers are mostly migrant, socially backward, less educated with low bargaining power suffer from lack of job security, decent wages and proper working condition the appropriate social security scheme for them should be based on the concept of social security “at any time and anywhere” basis. At the end of the deliberations, the workshop passed following resolution containing the recommendations for consideration by the Government both at the Center and the State:-
i) The criterion of coverage and eligibility of scheme benefits should be
uniform in all the schemes.
ii) The problem of renewal of registration should be simplified by providing for deduction of the due amount by the contractor/employer like ESIS/ PF deduction. Whereas the social security requirements of the
construction workers are funded by collection of cess, for other unorganized workers a separate fund should be made available by the Central Government as well as respective State Government by making annual contribution to it.
iii) To create a national social security authority and state social security
authority for proper co-ordination and delivery of social security benefits.

It was also resolved that the said recommendations may be forwarded to the Central as well as all State Governments for taking appropriate steps for ensuring social security protection to the entire working population in the unorganized sector. It also urged upon the Central Government to announce a national policy for unorganized workers in order to ensure the rights guaranteed under the Constitution.



Rajasthan Chapter of our Association is organizing a  national level   workshop tiled , “Developing National Labour Code – an inevitable imperative for 21st Century.””. It will be gathering of social security experts, legal experts, National Law Association central and state govt social security administrators  and trade union leaders,   on 21St December , 2013 at Jaipur.  The workshop will consider the feasibility of harmonasation of certain social security laws and social secutity schemes for achieving universalisation of social security cover.

This Seminar is co-sponsored by Rajasthan Productivity Council. Justice PC Jain(Retd),President, Rajasthan Chapter will preside over the seminar. Shri UC, Jain,Hony. Secretary General, Rajasthan Productivity Council and Shri AN Roy, Hony. Secretary, Rajasthan Chapter, have conceptualised the theme of the Seminar.

Those of our members who are interested in participating in this workshop may please contact Shri A.N..Roy, Hony Secretary, Rajasthan Chapter for further information.

Contact no of Shri Roy is      :09891374711

E-Governance in Social Security in India

Association held a seminar on a unique theme, called, "E-Governance in Social Security in India" on 23 September 2013 at SCOPE Convention Centre, New Delhi.It was a grand success with 86 delegates participating in the proceedings. Dr A.K. Balyan,Working President,SSAI, presided over the seminar and Dr U.D. Choubey,DG,SCOPE,was the chief guest who inaugurated the programme. The star attractions of the seminar was the address by Shri K.K.Jalan, CPFC and the one delivered by B.K.Sahu, Insurance Commissiner, ESIC on the theme of the discussion. The seminar was also enriched by the presentation made by Ms Nandini Sarkar, Director,C-quel Management Services regarding compliance issues of contact workers and use of IT platform for management of social security funds by Ms Hetal Kotak,AGM,BSE IPF.

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