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In Pakistan, Social Security Scheme was launched on 1st March, 1967, under West Pakistan Employees' Social Security Ordinance No. X of 1965, with the assistance of the International Labour Organization. The Sindh Employees' Social Security Institution (SESSI), however, came into being on 1st July, 1970 when the Scheme was reorganized on provincial basis after the dissolution of One-Unit. Initially, the Scheme was designed for coverage of textile industry workers of Karachi and Hyderabad. On getting encouraging results later on the Scheme was extended to all other industries and commercial units.

SESSI is a service oriented organization. The function of the Institution is unique in nature for the welfare of labour class. It aims at providing medical care facilities and cash benefits to the secured workers and their dependants. More….

Administration: The general direction and superintendence of the affairs of the Institution vest in a tripartite Governing Body. In its functioning, the Institution is guided by such instructions on questions of policy as may be given to it from time to time by the Government. More…

Medical Care occupies the most significant place in the services of SESSI insofar as 70% of its budget is spent on providing medical facilities to the secured workers and their dependants. More…

Cash Benefits: Under Social Security Scheme secured workers are entitled to cash sickness benefit, injury benefit, maternity benefit, iddat benefit, disablement gratuity, disablement pension, ex-gratia grant and dependants get survivors' pension and death grant. More….

SESSI is an autonomous body, the general direction and superintendence of the affairs of the Institution vest in a tripartite Governing Body. In its functioning, the Institution is guided by such instructions on questions of policy as may be given to it from time to time by the Government.

The composition of the Governing Body is as under:

(1) Provincial Minister Labour, Sindh

Chairman

(2) Secretary Labour & Industries Deptt., Sindh

Member

(3) Secretary Health Deptt., Sindh

Member

(4) Secretary Finance Deptt., Sindh

Member

(5) Three persons to represent Employers

Member

(6) Three persons to represent Workers

Member

(7) Commissioner, SESSI

Member/Secretary

(8) Medical Adviser, SESSI

Member (Ex-officio)

The Commissioner is the Chief Executive of the Institution who exercises all powers on behalf of Governing Body. In the discharge of his duties the Commissioner is assisted by Vice Commissioner in administrative matters and Medical Adviser in medical matters.

SESSI is a self generating Institution; the main source of income of SESSI is the Social Security Contribution. Employers covered under the Scheme contribute towards the Scheme @ 7% of their wages paid to insurable workers.

The workers drawing wages upto Rs.5,000/- per month or Rs.200/- per day and employed in registered establishments are liable to be covered under the Scheme in accordance with the provision of Social Security Ordinance.


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