I worked in a private concern and paid PF Contribution during the period from 2005 to 2012. Employer and Employee contributions were paid regularly. I resigned my job with them during 2012 and applied for PF Settlement with PF Office as per procedure through my employer. I am not aware the balance in my account since I have not received the statement slip up to date at that time. I have received a direct credit to my savings bank account from PF Office. I got a SMS from PF Office only for the total amount credited to my account. I have not checked whether it is correct or not and spent the money.
Now I received a phone call from my previous employer and they told me that they have received a communication from PF Office to recover about Rs.23,000/- from me which was excessively paid to me by PF Office on their settlement.
They also informed me if I have not paid the excess, the PF office authorities will file FIR with police and take action on the employer.
I have not received any communication directly from PF Office even though they have my address as per the Forms submitted by me for settlement. Now my previous employer urged me to pay the excess money.
Now, I am jobless and suffering for my day to day expenses. So, I want to know the answer for my following doubts:-
1. Is it possible to initiate police action on the employer instead of the employee who is actually received the excess money?
2. Is there any chance to pay the excess by PF Office?
3. Is there any chance to get a time to repay the money in installments? (Since now I am not in employment in anywhere)
4. Can we file a compliant with any forum like Consumer Court since the employer urged me to pay the excess money immediately? The excess is not due to my fault and I was not aware how the calculations are made by PF Office as there is no communication by them about the settlement calculations.
5.Can the employer get a relief if they give my address to PF Office and ask them to take action directly on me ?
I request you to clarify my doubts and guide me to solve this issue?
Thanks and Regards,
1st September 2015 From India, Siuri
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