Even af­ter 8 years, MC fails to deduct CPF of em­ploy­ees

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - Live - - FRONT PAGE - Hil­lary Vic­tor hil­lary.vic­tor@hin­dus­tan­times.com

■ CHANDI­GARH: In vi­o­la­tion of rules, the lo­cal mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tion has not de­ducted the 10% Con­trib­u­tory Pen­sion Fund (CPF) from the salaries of its 500 em­ploy­ees, who joined the cor­po­ra­tion in 2004.

The em­ploy­ees com­plain that de­spite re­peated re­quests to the au­thor­i­ties, they had not de­ducted the amount for the past eight years and now they would have to pay sums rang­ing from Rs 2 lakh to Rs 4 lakh in or­der to make up for the lapse.

The Cen­tre had de­cided that em­ploy­ees ap­pointed af­ter 2004 would not en­joy the ben­e­fit of the pen­sion scheme, and in lieu of that they would have the con­trib­u­tory pen­sion fund, wherein the em­ploy­ees and em­ploy­ers would con­trib­ute 10% of the ba­sic pay and dear­ness al­lowance to­wards the fund.

Ma­hesh Nain, gen­eral sec­re­tary of the MC Em­ploy­ees As­so­ci­a­tion, said, “It is un­for­tu­nate that the civic body has failed to start the ben­e­fit scheme so far and is play­ing with the fu­ture of the em­ploy­ees. For the past eight years, no­body has shown any in­ter­est in im­ple­ment­ing the scheme; they are busy in schemes where they have vested in­ter­ests. At this stage, if the scheme were im­ple­mented, there would be a sud­den bur­den on the em­ploy­ees and the mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tion to con­trib­ute to­wards the fund

Im­me­di­ate ac­tion should be taken to im­ple­ment the scheme to

avoid hard­ship to the em­ploy­ees. We will take up the is­sue in the house SAURA B H J O S H I


with ef­fect from 2004.”

He said the em­ploy­ees did not have any sav­ings and they would have to take a per­sonal loan to meet the con­tri­bu­tion.

Coun­cil­lor Sau­rabh Joshi said it was a mat­ter of con­cern and why should the em­ploy­ees suf­fer ow­ing to the neg­li­gence of the au­thor­i­ties. “Prompt ac­tion should be taken to im­ple­ment the scheme to avoid hard­ship to the em­ploy­ees. We will also take up the is­sue in the next meet­ing of the house," Joshi said.

MC joint com­mis­sioner Su­nil Bha­tia said, “It is a tech­ni­cal is­sue and I will com­ment only af­ter look­ing into it.”

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