Employees in State Corporations, Statutory Boards and the Private Sector are required to obtain membership of the Employees Trust’ Fund Board and with the aim of providing the privileges and benefits enjoyed by them to those engaged in self employment as well, Self employed persons have been made eligible to obtain membership of this Fund in terms of section 18 of the Employees’ Trust Fund Act.No 46 of 1980. This act while being amended as Employees’ Trust Fund(Amended) bearing no.47,0f 1988, Employees in Migrant Workers service too were made eligible under Section 6 therein obtain membership of this Fund. Hence, persons who are employed abroad are also eligible to get the membership.
Although, “a Self Employed person“ is not defined as such, Common examples for Self Employed persons are given below.
Garment, Iron , Jeweler,
Brass, pottery, Handycraft, Tile and brick, Carving, etc.
Retail , Pavement, Day Fair
Participants directly in fishing industry
Nevertheless, a government servant drawing a pension and a person below 18 years of age are not eligible to obtain membership under this scheme. Although there is no maximum age limit to obtain the membership, a member who is 70 years of age or above is not entitled the benefits and would receive only the annual interest and dividends in respect of contributions.
Membership can be obtained by forwarding a duly completed Application Form SE-A for self employed and Form MW-A for migrant workers to the Head Office, Area Business Office, District Office or a Field Officer, alone with the contribution for membership.
Applicants who E-mail their applications should make arrangements to send their first month contribution to the following address.
Every member who obtain Membership would be issued with a Certificate of Membership without delay.
In respect of a Member if the nearest payment is in arrears, he is regarded as an inactive member. Such inactive members can acquire the activate status by paying the due arrears.