Employee's Provident Funds Miscellaneous Provisions Act, 1952
6. Contributions and matters which may be provided for in the Scheme
The contribution which shall be paid by the employer to the Fund shall be [ten per cent] of the basic wages, [dearness allowance and retaining allowance (if any)], for the time being payable to each of the employees [(whether employed by him directly or by or through a contractor)] and the employees' contribution shall be equal to the contribution payable by the employer in respect of him and may, [if any employee so desires be an amount not exceeding [ten per cent] of his basic wages, dearness allowance and retaining allowance (if any), subject to the condition that the employer shall not be under an obligation to pay any contribution over and above his contribution payable under this section]:
[PROVIDED that in its application to any establishment or class of establishments which the Central Government, after making such inquiry as it deems fit, may, by notification in the Official Gazette specify, this section shall be subject to the modification that for the words [ten per cent], at both the places where they occur, the words [twelve per cent] shall be substituted]:
[PROVIDED FURTHER that] where the amount of any contribution payable under this Act involves a fraction of a rupee, the Scheme may provide for the rounding off of such fraction to the nearest rupee, half of a rupee or quarter of a rupee.
Explanation [11: For the purposes of this [section], dearness allowance shall be deemed to include also the cash value of any food concession allowed to the employee.
[Explanation 2: For the purposes of this [section], "retaining allowance" means an allowance payable for the time being to an employee of any factory or other establishment during any period in which the establishment is not working, for retaining his services.]