As many as 32 employers in Puducherry have been booked in 2012-13 for failing to remit the provident fund collected from the employees, said B. Chandra Sekhar, Regional Provident Fund Commissioner, Puducherry region.
At an interactive session organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CCI) here, he said though a large number of employers were promptly following the rules and regulations of Employees Provident Fund Act and others, there were some defaulters, who were yet to remit the PF amount to the Employees Provident Fund Organisation.
“There are some habitual defaulters too. In Puducherry region, as many as 32 cases were registered against defaulters during 2012-13 for breach of trust and wilfully delaying the remittance of PF on time. Some of the employers were forced to execute a bond with the District Collector for failing to follow the rules and regulations. The assets of three employers were attached for various offences,” he said.
Mr. Sekhar said that it was important to know the consequences of delaying the remittance of PF collected from the employees.
The employers should give top priority to remit the PF with the concerned offices. Otherwise, criminal action could be taken against them.
Hence, the foremost responsibility of the employers was to strictly follow the rules and regulations regarding PF payment.
Leveraging the advancements in the information technology, all details of employers, employees, remittance, submission and others were regularly updated in the EPF portal.
Besides downloading the forms and others, the customers could get necessary information from the website.
The Employees Provident Fund Organisation had improved its services tremendously, he said.
K. Amarnath, Chairman, CII, Puducherry said that it would take sincere steps to create necessary awareness among the members about the services rendered by the EPFO and the importance of remitting PF regularly.