Madhu.T.KSince the matter is with EPFO, you can only wait for the directions of the PF authorities to come. In the meanwhile, you can also join the 7A enquiry proceedings and say that the retained amount can be paid to PF. The PF Organisation will try to make you liable to the dues saying that it is the responsibility of the Principal Employer to pay the PF dues in respect of employees employed through contractor. But since the Contractor has separate PF registration and an enquiry has been initiated against that employer by the EPFO, they cannot make you solely responsible for the payment. Therefore, it is advisable to keep the amount and pay it only when the EPFO demands.
From India, Kannur
Srinath Sai Ramis the Labour Contractor Independently Covered under the EPF Act, with EPF Code #
If so, you can Implead the Contractor, if at all Principal Employer receives any claim.Let PF Department Initiate appropriate action to recover the amount due. You as Principal Employer, should not have Persisted with the same contractor inspite of knowing Non Compliance
From India, New Delhi
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