The Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) has decided to launch a special recovery drive to recover dues from employers and organisations. The special drive will be carried out throughout September for both non-exempted and exempted funds.
According to the EPFO, the drive is being conducted in view of the rising incidence of dues. “The arrears of provident fund and allied dues has shown an increasing trend and therefore the issue assumes great importance and concern for EPFO. The performance in recovery of current and arrear dues is far below the targets fixed by the headquarters which needs immediate correction. The all-India performance up to the month of June shows poor performance of recovery which is a matter of great concern,” EPFO has told its field offices recently.
It has specified that the amount outstanding as on September 1, 2016 shall be the opening balance and recoveries made prior to that date shall not be included with recoveries made during the recovery month.
The organisation has asked Regional Provident Fund Commissioners (RPFCs) to ensure that the special recovery drive does not lead to harassment of employers and defaulters and said that the drive is meant solely for meeting the objective of speedy recovery of dues.
EPFO has said that its field offices should deploy the maximum number of enforcement officers to carry out the drive without disturbing other functional areas. Enforcement officers have been asked to gather all information such as details of bank accounts, details of sundry debtors etc form the records available and also from third party sources such as the Income Tax Department, local bodies, cooperative departments and trade unions before embarking on the recovery drive.