EPFO steps up action against PF defaulters

Panaji: In order to crack down on the increasing defaults by business establishments in the state in complying with provident fund rules, the regional office of the Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) on Tuesday stepped up action against defaulting employers.

Officials from EPFO revealed that stringent coercive action is being taken against defaulting employers with six complaints filed under Section 110 of the Criminal Penal Code before the respective district magistrates. The coercive action is to arrest the trend in defaults in the remaining months of the current financial year, added officials.

FIRs were filed at the concerned police stations under sections 406 and 409 of Indian Penal Code against an automobile dealer, an electrical goods manufacturer, an engineering unit and three other local companies. The FIRs were filed over a period of three months during the third quarter of the current financial year, officials said.

Officials said that the defaults were by way of non-remittance of the PF, remittance after delay, non-linking of KYC with the UAN of the employees and not depositing the deducted PF dues from the wages of the employees.

Further the regional office levied and recovered Rs 64.9 lakh from Goa Urban Co-op Bank, Rs 35.3 lakh from Margao Municipal Council, Rs 20.2 lakh from San Motors Pvt Ltd and Rs 27.6 lakh from People’s Primary School, Panaji on penal damages for the delay. The bank accounts of 49 establishments were also attached during the quarter for the purpose of recovery of dues.

Ashwini Kumar Gupta, Commissioner, EPFO, regional office, Goa, said that concerted action will continue during the last quarter of the year that is January-March 2020 period for recovering of the outstanding dues from the erring employers (establishments).

Meanwhile, as part of the monthly workshops conducted by the EPFO, an awareness programme was held at Goa Shipyard Ltd, Vasco on January 10, 2020. The interactive programme informed employees, contractors, HR personnel about the newly-launched initiatives of online payment of

damages or interest and linking of KYCs. Participants were informed of the benefits of linking of KYC in filing online claims.

Officials encouraged employees and employers to link KYCs with UAN at the earliest to avail benefits and avoid legal and penal proceedings. [NT]