PF Dept Initiates Action Against Erring Employers

Published: 17th September 2014 06:17 AM  |   Last Updated: 17th September 2014 06:17 AM   |  A+A-

PUDUCHERRY: Swadeshee and  Bharathi Textile Mills were among the defaulting employers list of Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) and both the mills had to remit a total of Rs 1.90 crore to EPFO, B Chandra Sekhar, Regional PF Commissioner II, said.

Chandraa Sekhar , speaking  to mediapersons on Tuesday, said both the mills were expected to remit the amount after the Assembly session got over.

But, the EPFO has attached the bank account of Rs 12 lakh of Bharathi Mills for not remitting the employees share of EPF deducted from their wages.

The land at Pattanur, a property of AFT Mills, had been attached for defaulting, but the management of the mill got a stay from the High Court of Madras, he said.

There were 175 establishments in the defaulters’ list last year, Chandra Sekhar said.

The bank accounts of 270 establishments were attached in 2013-2014 while 88 bank accounts were attached in the current year so far. Properties have been attached in respect of three establishments -  Pondicherry Co-Operative Sugar Mills Ltd, Lingareddypalayam, Deccan Enterprises, Kurumampet, and Arul Sasthalaya Higher Secondary School, Reddiarpalayam.

Immovable property in respect of  Bharathi Consumers Co-Operative Stores, Lawspet, and Movable Property in respect of Arul Sasthalaya Higher Secondary School, Reddiarpalayam, were sold through auction sale to realise the dues.

The Regional PF Commissioner-II said in case of failure to remit employees’ share deducted from wages, a complaint could be lodged with the police under section 406/409 of the Indian Penal Code. Against habitual defaulters, complaints could be lodged before the District Collector under section 110 of the Criminal Procedure Code.

He said the Ministry of Labour and Employment had issued a notification for enhancement of wage ceiling from the existing Rs 6,500 to Rs 15,000 under the Employees Provident Fund Scheme, Employees’ Pension Scheme-95 and EDLI Scheme with effect from September 1.

Employees Pension Scheme has also been modified to provide a minimum pension of Rs 1,000 per month as per the norms

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