1) In Brakes India Ltd. (Brakes Division), Sholinghur-631 102, rep. by its Vice-President (Pers. & HRD) vs. Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation, Vellore rep. by its Regional Provident Funds Organisation, 2015 LLR 635, the Madras High Court buttressed the same point in holding that the Employees’ Provident Fund Authority is not entitled to recover either Provident Fund contribution or damages from the principal employer in respect of employees engaged through contractors, registered with the PF Department, having independent code number. The Hon’ble Court concluded : Hence the claim of the PF Inspector is not maintainable.
2)There is a internal circular in Provident office. The Provident Fond Contribution should be minimum 60% of the Gross. PF Inspector claim in maintainable.
3) Any reduction of contribution is questionable. However you can convince the Inspector, due to rationalization of salary structure, the reduction in PF contributions, which is unavoidable. 22nd May 2018 From India, Madras