India gives nod to Social Security Agreement with Germany, Netherlands

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New Delhi, Aug 8 : The Union Cabinet today gave its approval for signing of Social Security Agreement between India and Germany.

The Social Security Agreement with Germany would provide the benefit to Indian nationals working in Germany as short-term contract upto 48 months no social security contribution would need to be paid under the German law by the detached workers provided they continue to make social security payment in India.

A similar agreement between India and The Netherlands was also approved by the Cabinet.

The Social Security Agreement with The Netherlands would provide benefits to Indian nationals working in The Netherlands.

For short-term contract upto five years no social security contribution would need to be paid under the Dutch law by the Indian detached workers provided they continue to make social security payment in India.

Indian workers will be entitled to the export of the social security benefit if they relocate to India after the completion of there service in the Netherlands.

The above benefits will be available even when the Indian company sends its employees to the Netherlands from a third country.

The self employed Indians in the Netherlands would also be entitled to export of social security benefits on their relocation to India.

Matters relating to social security are listed in the Directive Principles of State Policy and the subjects in the Concurrent List.

The social security issues are mentioned in the Concurrent List (List III in the Seventh Schedule of the Constitution of India). First is social security and insurance, employment and unemployment, and second is welfare of labour including conditions of work, provident funds, employers' liability, workmen's compensation, invalidity and old age pension and maternity benefits.

ANI

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