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