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DeseIn (New Delhi) (P) Ltd. and ors. Vs. Regional Provident Fund Commissioner - Court Judgment

LegalCrystal Citation
SubjectService
CourtDelhi High Court
Decided On
Case NumberCivil Writ Appeal No. 427 of 1983
Judge
Reported in1983(5)DRJ330
AppellantDeseIn (New Delhi) (P) Ltd. and ors.
RespondentRegional Provident Fund Commissioner
Advocates: G.K. Sharma, ; R.C. Chawla and; Suchitra Chawla, Advs
Excerpt:
employees' provident funds and miscellaneous provisions act, 1952 - employees family pension scheme, 1971--para 2(f) and para 8--reckonable service--scheme made applicable to the establishment and contributions paid from 1-7-72 onwards--part of the contribution from the central govt. to be received from 1-10-73--held, reckonable service to be counted from 1-7-72 i.e. from the date an employee becomes member of the pension fund and contributions are paid. employees' family pension scheme was made applicable to the establishment w.e.f. 1-7-72. amount from 1-7-72 was received and placed in the family pension account but later on for undisclosed reasons the amount seems to have been transferred to provident fund. no explanationn as to under what circumstances and under what provisions of law..........done, the counsel for the respondent is unable to specify. we shudder to think that this device .was adopted by a statutory body to reduce the claim for pension. mr. chawla says that part of contribution by central government will be received from 1-10-1973 (the establishment was given notice 0n 27-10-1973), and that is why date for pension has been taken that date. there is no justification whatsoever at all for not calculating pension from 1-7-1972 when money has been received from that date. contribution to pension fund having been demanded and received from 1-7-1972, the reckonable service for the purpose of calculating the pension commences from 1-7-1972 and the petitioner no. 2, the widow of the deceased, is entitled to the pension calculated in such a manner from that date. the.....
Judgment:

Rajindar Sachar, J.

(1) :-RULE D.B. The petitioner challenges the fixation of the pension. This is one of those unfortunate cases where there is delay in giving the pension/contribution by the Central Government. The suffering is to the deceased dependent's. It is a case of pure and simple callousness. The deceased-husband of petitioner No. 2 was an employee of an Establishment which was given notice on October 27, 1973, that as per the enquiry by the Regional Provident Fund Commissioner the employees' provident fund and family pension fund were applicable to the pension from 14-6-67 and that it was liable to pay contribution for both with effect from 1-7 1972. (A specific direction was given that the Establishment comply with the requirements on an employee's provident fund and family pension fund and the scheme now sought with effect from 1-7-1972. Not only that a memorandum was issued on July 23, 1975 under Section 14-B of the Act which is attached as P-3. This shows that the damages were imposed on the Establishment with effect 1-7-1972. It was alleged that the petitioner's contribution for the provident fund and the family pension fund was belated. It is common case that the petitioner establishment paid the amounts including the damages from July 1972 onwards. In the counter-affidavit it is so admitted Notwithstanding this when the deceased died on 12-2-1980, the respondent has calculated for the period counted from 1-10-1973. The petitioner's case is that it should have been calculated from 1-7-1972, i e. from the date of actual contribution for the family pension fund was paid and was also received by the respondent. The receipt of the amount as per P-3 is not disputed by Mr.Chawla. Nevertheless, surprisingly a statement is made in the counter-affidavit that the respondent has not accepted any contribution from 1-7-1972 to 30-9-1972 in family pension account and that all the money in respect of the petitioner was accepted to and credited in the Provident Fund Account. Realizing that this may be an utterly false statement a further effort is made to over-reach the Court by saying in the reply that the money deposited by the petitioner for this period has already been transferred from the family pension account to provident fund account. This clearly shows that the amount from 1-71972 onwards was received and placed in the family pension account but later on for undisclosed reasons the amount seems to have been transferred to the Provident Fund. As to and under what circumstances and under what provision of law this was done, the counsel for the respondent is unable to specify. We shudder to think that this device .was adopted by a Statutory Body to reduce the claim for pension. Mr. Chawla says that part of contribution by Central Government will be received from 1-10-1973 (the establishment was given notice 0n 27-10-1973), and that is why date for pension has been taken that date. There is no justification whatsoever at all for not calculating pension from 1-7-1972 when money has been received from that date. Contribution to pension fund having been demanded and received from 1-7-1972, the reckonable service for the purpose of calculating the pension commences from 1-7-1972 and the petitioner No. 2, the widow of the deceased, is entitled to the pension calculated in such a manner from that date. The respondent's effort to deny it is clearly untenable. Writ of mandamus is issued directing the respondent to calculate the reckonable service for payment of pension from 1-7 1972 onwards The revised pension amount with the arrears must be paid to the petitioner No. 2 within two weeks from today. The petition is allowed. The petitioner No. 2 is entitled to costs Counsel's fee Rs. 500.00 .


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