The Workers Social Security Management Agency (BPJS TK) is preparing three government regulations to give additional benefits to workers participating in occupational social security programs.
Besides providing occupational accident and death benefits to workers, BPJS TK will provide scholarships to children of workers who are physically disabled by or killed in occupational accidents.
BPJS TK president director Elvyn G. Masassya said on Thursday night that the granting of scholarships to workers and their children would be regulated. “We are still calculating the number of scholarships that will be formulated in a government regulation,” he said.
The 2004 National Social Security System Law requires BPJS TK to cover the medical costs of workers who suffer occupational accidents in their work places and pay compensation to the families of workers who die in work-related accidents.
Workers pay 0.3 percent of their monthly wages into the death-benefit scheme and 0.4 to 1.74 percent of their monthly wages into the occupational accident benefit scheme, while all premiums are paid by employers on behalf of their workers. Elvyn added that BPJS TK and the government were still preparing a regulation to provide mortgage credit to workers and allow them to draw a part of their old-age risk funds for housing renovation.
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