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Employees Social Security Ordinance, 1965

 

SECTIONS

CONTENTS

 

Preamble

 

CHAPTER I  PRELIMINARY

1

Short title, extent, commencement and application

2

Definitions

 

CHAPTER II  ORGANIZATION

3

Establishment and incorporation of Employees Social Security institution

4

Management

5

Governing Body

6

Power and functions of the Governing Body

7

Meetings of the Governing Body

8

Authentication of orders, etc.

9

Supersession of the Governing Body

10

Fees and allowances

11

Resignation

12

Disqualification

13

Filling casual vacancies

14

Head Office

15

Medical Adviser

16

Duties of Medical Adviser

17

Medical Practitioners and Medical Board

18

Commissioner and Vice-Commissioner

19

Officers and staff of the institution

 

CHAPTER III   CONTRIBUTIONS

20

Amount and payment of contribution

21

Records and returns by employers

22

Officials of Institution to check employer’s book

23

Increase of unpaid contributions and recovery of contributions, etc., as arrears of land revenue

24

Safeguard of secured person’s right in default of payment of contributions of employer

25

Return of contribution paid erroneously

26

Increase of contributions where safety rules, not observed

27

Extinguishment of claims to contributions

 

CHAPTER IV   FINANCE AND AUDIT

28

Employees Social Security Fund

29

Security Reserves

30

Investment and loans

31

Budget

32

Accounts and Audit

33

Annual Reports

34

Valuation of assets and liabilities

 

CHAPTER V  BENEFITS

35

Sickness benefit

36

Maternity benefit

37

Death grant

38

Medical care during sickness and maternity

39

Injury benefit

40

Disablement pensions

41

Disablement gratuity

42

Survivor’s pension

43

Death grant in case of death while in receipt of injury benefit or total disablement pension

44

Medical care in the case of employment injury

45

Content of medical care

46

Manner of providing medical care

47

Institution’s power to promote measures for health, welfare, etc., of secured persons

48

Manner of claiming benefit

49

Benefit not assignable or attachable

50

Exemption from stamp duty

51

Non-duplication of benefits

52

Repayment of benefit improperly received

53

Institution’s right to recover damages from employer in certain cases

54

Institution’s right to be indemnified in certain cases

55

Recovery of amounts due

 

CHAPTER V-A   MEDICAL TREATMENT OF DOMESTIC SERVANTS

55-A

Medical treatment of domestic servants

 

CHAPTER VI  DETERMINATION OF QUESTIONS AND CLAIMS

56

Assessment of disablement

57

Decisions on companies, questions and disputes

58

Review on account of new facts

59

Appeal to Social Security Court

60

Constitution of Social Security Court

61

Jurisdiction of Social Security Court

62

Powers of Social Security Court, etc.

63

Appearance by legal practitioners

64

Appeal

65

Stay of payment pending appeals

 

CHAPTER VII OFFENCES AND PENALTIES

66

Offences

67

Prosecution

 

CHAPTER VIII   MISCELLANEOUS

68

Contribution, etc., to have priority over other debt’s

69

Exemption from taxes

70

Levy of special tax

71

Review and modification of wage limits, contributions and benefits

72

Employers not to dismiss or punish employee during the period of sickness, etc.

73

Bar on benefits under other laws

74

Suits for damages in Civil Court

75

Members and servants of the Institution to be public servants

76

Removal of difficulties

77

Delegation of powers

78

Protection of proceedings of the Governing Body

79

Power to make rules

80

Power to make regulations

81

Supersession of certain laws, etc.

82

Repeal

 

 

Employees Social Security Ordinance, 1965

X of 1965 

14th May, 1965

 

 

An Ordinance to introduce a scheme of Social Security

for providing benefits to certain employees or their dependents in the

event of sickness, maternity, employment injury or death and for matters ancillary thereto

 

Preamble. : —  Whereas it is expedient to introduce a scheme; of social security for providing benefits to certain employees or their dependents in the event of sickness, maternity, employment, injury or death, and for matters ancillary thereto ;

 

And whereas the Provincial Assembly of the Province concerned is not in session and the Governor of that Province is satisfied that circum-dances exist which render immediate legislation necessary ;

 

Now, therefore, in exercise of the powers conferred on him by clause (1) of Article 79 of the Constitution, the Governor of the Province concerned is pleased to make and promulgate the following Ordinance . : — –

 

CHAPTER I

PRELIMINARY

 

1 Short title, extent, commencement and application. (1) This maybe called the [Provincial] Employees Social Security Ordinance, 1965.

 

(2) It extends to the whole of [Pakistan],

(3) It shall come into force at once but shall apply only to such areas, classes of persons, industries or establishments, from such dale or dates, and with regard to the provision of such benefits as Government may, by [notification, specify in this behalf].

2. Definitions . : —  In this Ordinance, unless the context otherwise requires, following expressions shall have the meanings hereby respectively assigned to them, that is to say-

(1) “appointed day” means in relation to any area, class of persons, industries, establishments or benefits, the day on which this Ordinance is applied to such area or in respect of such class of persons, industries, establishments or benefits ;

(2) “Chairman” means the Chairman of the Governing Body ;

(3) “Commissioner” means the Commissioner of the Institution ;

(4) “Confinement” means labour resulting in the issue of a living child, or labour after twenty-six weeks of pregnancy resulting in the issue of a child, whether alive or dead ;

(5) “Contribution” means the sum of money payable to the Institution by an employer in respect of an employee, [………] in accordance with the provisions of this Ordinance ;

(6) “dependant” means the wife or wives or a needy invalid husband and any unmarried children under the age of sixteen years dependent upon the secured person ;

(7) “disablement” means a condition caused by an employment injury which, as certified by a medical practitioner authorised for the purpose as provided in the regulations, has permanently reduced or is likely to reduce permanently a secured person’s earning capacity, and disablement shall be “minor” where the loss of earning capacity [is less than twenty per centum], “partial” where the loss of earning capacity ranges from twenty one per centum to sixty-six per centum and “total” where the loss of earning capacity is in excess of sixty-six per centum ;

[(7-a)”domestic servant” means any person working whole-time in connection with the work of any house-hold for any consideration, whether in cash or in kind;]

(8) “employee” means any person working, normally for at least twenty-four hours per week for wages, in or in connection with the work of any industry, business, undertaking or establishment, under any contract of service or apprenticeship, whether written or oral, express or implied but does not include-

(a) persons in the service of the State, including members of the Armed Forces, Police and Railway Servants ;

(b) persons employed in any undertaking under the control any Defence organization or Railway administration ;

(c) persons in the service of a local council, a municipal committee, a cantonment board or any other local authority ;

(d) any person in the service of his father, mother, wife, son” daughter, or of her husband ;

(e) “[Omitted]

(f) any person employed on wages exceeding [one thousand five hundred] rupees per mensem ;

(9) “employer” means in the case of works executed or undertakings carried on by any contractor or license on behalf of the State, the contractor or licensee working for the State, and in every other case the owner of the industry, business undertaking or establishment in which an employee works and includes any agent, manager or representative of the owner ;

(10) “employment injury” means a personal injury to a secured person caused by an accident or by such occupational disease as may be specified in the regulations, arising out of and in the course of his employment ;

(11) “establishment” means an organization, whether industrial, commercial, agricultural or otherwise ;

(12) “Fund” means the Employers Social Security Fund set up under Section 3 . : —

(13) “Governing Body” means the Governing Body of the Institution ;

(14) “Government” means the [Provincial Government] ;

(15) “Industry” means any business, trade, undertaking, manufacture or calling of employers, and includes any calling, service, employment, handicraft, industrial occupation or avocation of workmen . : —

(16) “Institution” means the Employees Social Security Institution established under Section 3 ;

(17) “Medical Adviser” means the Medical Adviser appointed under Section 15 ;

(18) “medical board” means a board consisting of two or more medical practitioners, appointed under Section 17 ;

(19) “medical practitioner” means a person practicing medicine and having such qualifications as may be provided in the regulations ;

(20) “Member” means a member of the Governing Body ;

(21) “prescribed” means prescribed by rules ;

(22) “registered Trade Union” means a Trade Union registered under the Trade Unions Act, 1926 “(XVI of 1926) ;

(23) “regulations, means regulations made under this Ordinance ;

(24) “rules means rules made under this Ordinance ;

(25) “secured person” means a person in respect of whom contributions are or were payable under this Ordinance ;

(26) “sickness means a condition which requires medical treatment or necessitates abstention from work on medical grounds ;

(27) “Social Security Area” means an area to which this Ordinance has been applied ;

(28) “Social Security Court” means a Court Constituted under Section 60 ;

(29) “strike” and “lock-out” shall have the same meaning as is respectively assigned to them in the industrial Relations Ordinance, 1969 (XXIII of 1969).

(30) “wages means remuneration for service paid or payable in . cash or in kind to a secured person, not being less than remuneration based on the minimum rates of wages declared under the Minimum Wages Ordinance, 1961 (XXXIX of 1961), without taking account of deductions for any purpose, under a contract of service or apprenticeship, expressed or implied, and shall be deemed to include any dearness allowance or other addition in respect of the cost of living and any payment by the employer to a secured person in respect of any period of authorised leave, illegal lock-out or legal strike ; but does not include-

(a) any payment for overtime ; or

(b) any sum paid to the person employed to defray special expenses entailed by the nature of his employment , or

(c) any gratuity payable on discharge ; or

(d) any sum paid as bonus by the employer ;

(31) “week” means a period of seven days commencing at midnight of Friday night.

 

 

 

CHAPTER II

ORGANIZATION

 

3. Establishment and incorporation of Employees Social Security Institution . : —  (1) As soon as may be after the commencement of this Ordinance. Government shall establish by notification an Institution to be called the Employees Social Security Institution.

(2) The Institution shall be body corporate having perpetual succession and common seal. with power, subject 10 the provisions of this Ordinance, to acquire, ..hold and dispose of property, both movable and immovable, and shall by the aforesaid name sue and be sued

(3) The Institution shall have its own fund to be called the [Employees Social Security Fund, and may incur out of the said Fund such expenditure as may be necessary.

4. Management. : —  (1) The genera) direction and superintendence of the affairs of the Institution shall vest in a Governing Body which, with the assistance of a Commissioner, may exercise all powers and do all acts and things which may be exercised or done by the Institution.

(2) In discharging its functions, the Institution shall be guided by such instructions on questions of policy as maybe given to it from time to time by Government, which shall be the sole judge as to whether any instructions are on a question of policy or not.

5. Governing Body ; (1) The Governing Body shall consist of the following members to be appointed by Government by notification namely . : —

(a) a person who is or has been a Judge of the High Court or a Senior officer in the service of Pakistan not below the rank of a Commissioner of a Division or Secretary to Government, and such person shall be the Chairman of the Governing Body ;

(b) four persons to represent Government, one each respectively from the Department of Labour, Industries, Health and Finance ;

(c) three persons to represent employers ;

{d) three person to represent secured persons ;

(e) the Medical advisor, ex-officio.

(2) Members to be appointed under clause (c) or clause (d) of sub-section (1) shall respectively be chosen from a list of names submitted in the prescribed manner by the organization of employers and employees recognised by Government for that purpose . : —

Provided that, pending the making of rules in this behalf the first Members to be appointed shall be chosen from such persons as Government may deem suitable.

(3) Subject to the other provisions of this Ordinance, a Member shall hold office for three years from the date on which his appointment is notified under sub-section (1).

6. Powers and functions of the Governing Body . : —  In addition to the powers conferred on, and the functions entrusted to it by the other provisions of this Ordinance or by the rules, the Governing Body shall have powers-

(1) to approve the budget estimates, the audited accounts and the annual report of the Institution for submission to Government in accordance with the provisions of this Ordinance ; and

(2) to call for any information, or direct any research to be made for the furtherance of the objects of this Ordinance.

7. Meetings of the Governing Body. (1) The meetings of the Governing Body shall be held at such times and at such place as may be provided by regulations, and until regulations are made in this behalf, such meetings shall be convened by the Chairman.

(2) To constitute a quorum at a meeting of the Governing Body, the number of Members present shall be five.

(3) Each Member shall have one vote, and, in the event of equality of votes, the Chairman shall have a second or casting vote.

(4) The meetings of the Governing Body shall be presided over by the Chairman, and in the absence of the Chairman by the person elected for the purpose by the Members present from among themselves.

8. Authentication of order etc, . : —  All orders and decisions of the Governing Body shall be authenticated by the signature of the Chairman or of such other Member as may have been authorised by the Governing Body in writing for the purpose.

9. Supersession of the Governing Body . : —  (1) If, in the opinion of Government, the Governing Body has persistently failed to perform the duties imposed upon it by or under this Ordinance or has abused its powers, Government may, by notification, supersede the Governing Body ;

Provided that before such supersession. Government shall give the Governing Body a reasonable opportunity to show cause why it should not be superseded, and shall consider any explanation or objection which it submits.

(2) Upon the publication of notification under sub-section (l), the persons holding office as Chairman, and Members, shall cease to hold such office.

(3) Immediately upon the supersession of a Governing Body, Government shall constitute another Governing Body by appointing new Members in accordance with the provisions of Section 5.

10. Fees and allowances. : —  Members shall receive such fees and allowances as may be prescribed.

11. Resignation ; A Member, other than the ex-officio Member, may resign his office by notice in writing to Government, and his seat shall fall vacant on the acceptance of the resignation.

12. Disqualification. : —  (1) No person shall be or shall continue to be a Member, if he-

(a) has been convicted of an offence involving moral turpitude. : —  or

(b) declared to be of unsound mind by a competent Court ; or

(c) is an un-discharged insolvent ; or

 

(d) [x x x x x]

(e) is a member of the staff of the Institution other than the Medical Adviser ; or

(f) has any direct interest in a contract with, or in any work being done for the Institution, except as a shareholder (not being a Director) of a company . : —  or

(g) owes to the Institution contributions to the extent specified in the regulations ; or

(h) has lost the capacity by virtue of which be was appointed as a Member ; or

(i) has failed to attend more than one- third of the number of meetings of the Governing Body held during any year.

(2) Government may, by order in writing, remove the Chairman or a Member, if he-

(a) refuses or fails to discharge or becomes, in the opinion of Government, incapable of discharging his responsibilities under this Ordinance ; or

(b) has, in the opinion of Government, abused his position as a Member; or

(c) has absented himself from three consecutive meetings of the Governing Body without the leave of Government in the cased the Chairman, or of the Chairman in the case of a Member. : —

Provided that, before such removal, Government shall give tit Chairman or the Member, as the case may be, a reasonable opportunity of showing cause as to why he should not be removed, and shall consider any explanation or objection which be submits.

13. Filling casual vacancies. : —  A Member appointed to fill a vacancy other than a full-term vacancy, shall hold office for only so long as the Member in whose place he is appointed would have been entitled to hold office if the vacancy had not occurred.

14. Head office . : —  The head office of the institution shall be at [the principal seat of the Government,] but Government may, by notification; transfer it to such other place as may be specified in such notification.

15. Medical Adviser . : —  As soon as may be. Government shall appoint a Medical Adviser having the prescribed qualifications.

16. Duties of Medical Adviser . : —  The Medical Adviser shall—

(a) advise the Governing Body on matters relating to the administration of medical care and the prevention and treatment of diseases among secured persons ;

(b) perform such other duties in connection with medical care as may be specified in the regulation.

17. Medical Practitioners and Medical Boards . : —  (1) The Institution shall appoint Medical Practitioners and Medical Boards in such Social Security Areas and in such manner as may be provided by regulations.

 

(2) The powers and functions of Medical Practitioners and Medical Boards, and the fees and allowances to be paid to such practitioners or the members of such boards, shall be such as may be provided by regulations.

18. Commissioner and Vice-Commissioner . : —  (1) There shall be a Commissioner and Vice-Commissioner of the Institution, both to be appointed by Government.

(2) The Commissioner shall-

(a) be the chief executive of the Institution and shall act as Secretary to the Governing Body ;

(b) be responsible to the Governing Body in respect of all matters relating to the structure, administration and personnel of the Institution ; and

(c) have such powers regarding appointment, transfer, promotion, dismissal and other matters affecting the staff of the Institution as are provided for by regulations.

(3) The Vice-Commissioner shall perform the duties of the Commissioner when the latter is absent or prevented from acting and the Commissioner may assign to the Vice-Commissioner the responsibility for the direction of certain services or delegate to him any of his own powers under this Ordinance. the rules and the regulations.

19. Officers and staff of the Institution. : —  The Governing Body may employ such officers and staff of the administration of the affairs of the Institution as the regulations may provide.

 

 

 

 

CHAPTER III

CONTRIBUTIONS

 

20. Amount and payment of contributions . : —  (1) Subject to the other provisions of the Chapter, the employer, shall in respect of every employee, whether employed by him directly or through any other person pay to the institution a contribution at such times, at such rate and subject to such conditions as may be described.

(2) [x x x x x]

(3) The employer shall not be entitled to deduct from the employee’s wages or otherwise to recover from him any portion of the contribution, notwithstanding any agreement to the contrary.

(4) Subject to the provisions of sub-section (2) of Section 71 –

(a) no contribution shall be payable on wages which are in excess of rupees [sixty] per day ; and

(b) [******]

(5) For the purpose of determining the amount of the contribution payable, daily wages shall be calculated in such manner as may be provided by regulations.

(6) Where the mode of payment of remuneration, whether in cash or in kind, makes it difficult to determine the amount of wages for computing the contribution, the Commissioner may, subject to regulations and in consultation with the representative of employees, determine such wages.

(7) [******]

(8) In the case of construction work the owner of the building shall guarantee the payment of contributions by the contractor.

(9) In the case of works executed or undertakings carried on behalf of the State by a contractor or licensee, the competent public authority shall before final settlement of the claims of the contractor or licensee arising out of the contract, require the production of a certificate from the institution showing that the necessary contributions have been paid, and in default of such certificate it shall deduct from the amount otherwise payable in settlement of such claim, the appropriate amount of the contributions payable, and pay such amount direct to the Institution.

21. Records and returns by employers . : —  Every employer shall keep such records and shall submit to the Institution such returns, at such times in such form and containing such particulars relating to person employed by him as may be provided in the regulations.

22. Officials of Institution to check employer’s books . : —  (1) Any official of the Institution, duly authorised by a certificate in a form specified in the regulations, may, for the purpose of inquiring into the correctness of any of the particulars stated in the records or returns referred to in Section 21 or for the purpose of ascertaining whether any of the provisions of this Ordinance have been complied with-

(a) require an employer to furnish to him such information as he may consider necessary ; or

(b) at any reasonable time enter any establishment or other premises occupied by such employer and require any person found in charge thereof to produce and allow him to examine such account books and other documents relating to the employment of persons and payment of wages, or to furnish to him such information, as he may consider necessary ; or

(c) examine, with respect to any matter relevant to the purposes aforesaid, the employer, his agent or any person found in such establishment or oilier premises, or any other person whom the said official has reasonable cause to believe to be or to have been a secured person.

(2) The official referred to in sub-section (1), shall be bound to secrecy as regards all matters with which he becomes acquainted in the performance of his duties and which do not relate to matters provided for in this Ordinance.

(3) If an employer fails to maintain records or to submit returns as required by regulations, or otherwise fails to comply with the provisions of sub-section (1) and thereby makes it difficult to ascertain the identity of persons required to be secured or the amount of contribution payable, the contribution shall be assessed on the basis of such evidence as the Institution may find satisfactory for this purpose.

23. Increase of unpaid contribution and recovery of contribution etc., as arrears of land revenue . : —  (1) If any employer fails to pay on the due date the contribution payable by him under sub-section (1) of Section 20, the amount so payable by him shall be increased by such percentage or amount as may be prescribed . : —

Provided that in no case shall such increase exceed fifty per centum of the amounts due.

Provided further that no part of such increase shall be payable by, or the liability to pay the same be passed on by the employer, to his employees.

(2) Without prejudice to any other remedy, the amount of the contribution due, together with the increase provided for under sub-section (1), may be recovered as arrears of land revenue.

24. Safeguard of secured person’s right in default of payment of contributions of employer ; In the event of default in payment of contributions by the employer in respect of a secured person, such secured person shall, unless he has connived at such default, have and enjoy the same rights under this ordinance as if no such default had occurred.

25. Return of contributions paid erroneously . : —  [An] employer shall be entitled to the refund of any contribution paid to the Institution under the erroneous belief that it was payable  under the provisions of this Ordinance, and shall be entitled to the refund of excess amount of the contribution where such contribution had been paid at a higher rate than the rate prescribed . : —

Provided that where a contribution was paid under the erroneous belief that a person was a secured person, any sum paid to such person or his dependants by way of benefits shall, in so far as possible, be deducted from the amount of such refund . : —

Provided further that no contribution or excess amount of any contribution shall be refunded unless an application for such refund is made within six months of the date on which the contribution was paid.

26. Increase of contributions where safety rules not observed. If an employer fails to observe rules of safety or hygiene prescribed by or under any enactment applicable to his establishment the Commissioner may, subject to rules, by order in writing, increase the employer’s rate contribution ; provided that such increase shall not exceed twenty per centum of the contribution otherwise payable

27. Extinguishment of claims to contributions . : —  Any claim of the Institution for unpaid contributions shall be extinguished in the manner provided in the regulations.

 

 

 

CHAPTER IV

FINANCE AND AUDIT

 

28. Employees Social Security Fund . : —  (1) All contributions paid under this Ordinance and all other moneys received by or on behalf of the Institution shall be paid into the Fund, which shall be held and administered by the Institution for the purposes of this Ordinance.

(2) The Institution may accept grants, donations and gifts from any Government or from a local authority or other body for all or any of the , purposes of this Ordinance.

(3) All moneys accruing or payable to the Fund shall be paid into such scheduled bank as may be approved by the Governing Body, or to any office of the Institution.

(4) The Institution shall maintain separate accounts for administrative expenses, and for such branches of social security and such other purposes as may be prescribed,

29. Security reserves ; The Institution shall establish and maintain reserves in connection with the branches of social security prescribed in accordance with sub-section (4) of Section 28 at such times, up to such amounts, and in such manner as may be prescribed.

30. Investment and loans. : —  (1) Subject to rules, the Institution may from time to time invest any moneys which are not immediately required for payments under this Ordinance, and may reinvest or realize such investments.

(2) The Institution may, with the previous sanction of Government and on such terms as it may specify, raise loans and take measures discharging such loans,

31. Budget . : —  (1) The Institution shall, before such date and in such manner as may be prescribed, draw up estimates for the ensuing year of—

(a) the administrative expenses of the Institution ;

 

(b) the expenditure to be incurred under each of the branches of social security and other purposes for which separate accounts are prescribed in accordance with sub-section (4) of Section 28 ; and

(c) the income of the Institution from contributions, the special tax payable under Section 70, and other sources, if any.

(2) The Institution shall allocate the estimate income from the special tax towards meeting capital expenditure in accordance with sub-section (3) of section 70, and after allocating sufficiently of the estimated income from contributions and other sources, if any, to cover the estimated administrative expenses, shall allocate the remainder of such estimated income among the branches of social security and other purposes referred to in clause (b) of sub-section (l).

(3) Such estimates and allocations shall, before such date as may be prescribed, be submitted to Government and, when approved by it, shall constitute the budget of the Institution for the ensuing year

(4) If Government has not approved such estimates and allocations, with or without amendment, within thirty days of the submission or before the commencement of the financial year to which such estimates relate, whichever is the later, its approval shall be deemed to have been given and the estimates and allocations as submitted shall constitute the budget of the Institution for the financial year to which they relate.

(5) If it appears that expenditure under any budget head is likely to exceed the budget provision under such head, the Governing Body may increase such budget provision by transferring thereto from any other budget head, any amount not required or not expected to be required under such head . : —

Provided that no such transfer shall be made to (he budget heads for either administrative expenses or the provision of medical care without the prior approval of Government.

(6) If, notwithstanding the application of the provisions of sub-section (5), it appears that expenditure under any budget head is likely to exceed the corresponding budget provision or that income under any budget head is likely to tall short of the corresponding budget provision, the expected excess of deficiency, as the case may be, shall be reported to Government, who shall take such action, if any, as may seem appropriate . : —

Provided that no payment to which a claimant is entitled under this Ordinance shall be withheld pending such action.

32. Accounts and Audit . : —  (1) The Institution shall maintain accounts of its income and expenditure and of its assets and liabilities in such form and manner as may be prescribed.

(2) The Institution shall appoint an internal auditor who shall perform such duties and exercise such powers as may be provided by regulations.

(3) The account of the Institution shall be audited by an external auditor appointed by Government, at such time and in such manner as may be prescribed.

(4) The external auditor shall have excess to the books, accounts and other documents of the Institution at all reasonable times, and may call for such explanation and information as he may require or examine any officer of the institution.

(5) The external auditor shall forward his report to Government together with an audited copy of the accounts of the Institution.

33. Annual Reports . : —  (1) The Institution shall, within six months after the closing of a financial year , submit to Government an annual report of its work and activities during that financial year, and such report shall cover such matters as may be prescribed.

(2) The annual report, together with the audited accounts of the Institution, shall be published and copies thereof shall be made available for lie to the public.

34. Valuation of assets and liabilities . : —  The institution shall, at intervals of not more than five years, have an actuarial valuation made of its assets and liabilities . : —

Provided that Government may direct a valuation to be made at such other times as it may consider necessary,

 

 

 

 

CHAPTER V

BENEFITS

 

35. Sickness benefit. : —  (1) A secured person who is certified, by a medical practitioner authorised by the Institution in the manner provided in the regulations to give such a certificate, to be incapable of attending to his work on account of sickness shall, subject to regulations, be entitled to receive sickness benefits of such rate as may be fixed by Government by notification, in consultation with the Institution, if during the six calendar months immediately preceding the date on which his incapacity of work was so certified, contributions in respect of him were paid or payable for not less than ninety days.

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