1. whether teachers in self financing college come under payment of gratuity act?
2. Any case pending regarding this subject in Supreme court?
3. What is the amendment of 2009 in payment of gratuity act? Is it by this amendment all teachers come under gratuity act?
4. Whether self financing teachers are exempted from gratuity?
23rd February 2019 From India, Kottayam
Dear Vincent,
Let me answer all your four questions in a single go though a bit elaborately with reference to the judgment delivered by the hon'ble Supreme Court of India on 07-01-2019 in Birla Institute of Technology v. State of Jharkand [ Civil Appeal no. 2530 of 2009] (for short BITS Case)following the ratio decidendi of Ahmedabad Private Primary Teachers Association v. Administrative Officer [2004(1)SCC 755] (for short APPTA Case).. The essence of the latest BITS Case judgment is that teacher is not governed by the definition of the term "employee" u/s 2(e) of the PG Act,1972 as held before and therefore the respondent also having worked under the appellant as a teacher was not eligible to claim gratuity from the appellant BITS under the Act.
However, the irony is that in tune with the concluding remarks of the APPTA Case judgment of the Supreme Court -- " It is for the Legislature to take cognizance of the situation of such teachers in various establishments where gratuity benefits are not available and think of a separate legislation for them in this regard. That is the subject matter solely of the Legislature to consider and decide." -- the Central Govt, through the Payment of Gratuity(Amendment)Act,2009, in fact, amended the definition of the term "employee" u/s 2(e) of the PG Act,1972 as follows :
" Section 2(e)- 'employee' means any person (other than an apprentice) who is employed for wages, whether the terms of such employment are express or implied, in any kind of work, manual or otherwise, in or in connection with the work of the factory, mine, oil field, plantation, port, railway company, shop or other establishment to which this Act applies, but does not include any such person who holds a post under the Central Government or a State Government and is governed by any other Act or by any rules providing for payment of gratuity."
Now, through out the country, teachers employed in all types of private educational institutions are getting their gratuity under the P.G Act,1972 on their normal termination of employment. Wherever any legal hassles arose in this regard, it had become a well-settled issue by the Judiciary in the back drop of the amendment.
Earlier, in 1997, the Central Government had, by means of a notification u/s 1(3)(c) of the P.G Act,1972, brought all the educational institutions employing 10 or more no of employees in to the purview of the Act w.e.f 03-04-1997.
Therefore, the Amending Act of 2009 also inserted a new section 13-A for the purpose of validation of payment of gratuity.
Unfortunately all these changes happened subsequent to the APPTA Case judgment have not been considered by the hon'ble Supreme Court in BITS Case. Therefore, this is certainly a " Per Incuriam" judgment. A Per Incuriam Judgment is the one which is decided without reference to a statutory provision or earlier judgment which would have been relevant. In Government of AndhraPradesh & Another v. B.Satyanarayana Rao & others [2000(4)SCC 262] the Supreme Court had categorically held that the rule of per incuriam can be applied when a court omits to consider a binding precedent of the same Court or the superior Court rendered on the same issue or where a Court omits to consider any Statute while deciding the issue.
Therefore, this judgment thus being clearly Per Incuriam can not take away the right to gratuity of teachers employed in Private Educational Institutions, whether they be Government-aided or Self-financing.
I do hope that you can cull out the answers for your questions from my foregoing analysis of the BITS case judgment.
23rd February 2019 From India, Salem
I completely agree with what our learned member, Umakanthan Sir, has said. The judgement of Hon. Justice Indu Malhotra is without considering the amendment to the Payment of Gratuity Act. Therefore, the teachers of self financing educational institutions are entitled to get gratuity provided the basic requirements of coverage of the Act (ie, the establishment should have at least 10 employees) and the entitlement, (ie, 5 years service) are satisfied.
2nd March 2019 From India, Kannur
The revised decision by the Supreme Court of India which took suo motto appeal is attached.
8th March 2019 From India, Kannur

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I hope the below article may help you in understanding the requirement of Accounting and Funding for Gratuity Benefits.
1. An Overview Gratuity Benefits
Gratuity benefits are governed by "The Payment of Gratuity Act 1972" and paid by the Company to an employee in addition to his salary on exit from the company. Gratuity shall be payable to an employee on the termination of his employment after he has rendered continuous service for not less than five years, -
(a) on his superannuation, or
(b) on his retirement or resignation, or
(c) on his death or disablement due to accident or disease:
Provided that the completion of continuous service of 5 years shall not be necessary where the termination of the employment of any employee is due to death or disablement:
2. Calculation of Gratuity Benefits
Gratuity is a statutory right of employee whoever completes 5 years in the same organization and is a terminal benefit. It means, Gratuity amount will be determined when monthly terminal wages of the employee are known to the company. The terminal wages will include Basic & Dearness allowance only. The Gratuity Benefits are calculated using the following formula:-
(15/26) multiplied by (No of Completed Years on Exit) multiplied by (Terminal Wages)
3. Factors affecting Quantum of Gratuity Benefits
Gratuity Benefits changes with the change in the following:-
(a) Past Service of Employee in the Company,
(b) Increase in wages of Employee in the Company,
(c) Change in Benefit Formulae of the Gratuity Benefit due to the amendment in the Act,
(d) Change in Ceiling Limit on Gratuity Benefits due to the amendment in the Act,
(e) Change in Vesting Condition for eligibility of Gratuity Benefits due to the amendment in the Act,
The impact of the above Factors on Gratuity Benefits can be understood by the following Examples :

(a) Change Past Service of Employee in the Company.
Mr. A Joins the Company with a Basic Pay of Rs. 2,60,000/- per month and there is no change in basic salary, only his Past Service Change then Gratuity Payments for the next 5 years will be:-
On Completion of 1 Yr - (15/26)* 2,60,000*1 = 1,50,000/-
On Completion of 2 Yrs - (15/26)*2,60,000*2 = 3,00,000/-
On Completion of 3 Yrs - (15/26)*2,60,000*3 = 4,50,000/-
On Completion of 4 Yrs - (15/26)*2,60,000*4 = 6,00,000/-
On Completion of 5 Yrs - (15/26)*2,60,000*5 = 7,50,000/-
The above amounts are subject to Ceiling Limits on Gratuity Benefits applicable.
(b) Increase in wages of Employee in the Company.
Mr. A Joins the Company with a Basic Pay of Rs. 2,60,000/- per month and there is the change in wages@10%, then Gratuity Payments for the next 5 years will be:-
On Completion of 1 Yr - (15/26)* 2,86,000*1 = 1,65,000/-
On Completion of 2 Yrs - (15/26)*3,14,600*2 = 3,63,000/-
On Completion of 3 Yrs - (15/26)*3,46,060*3 = 5,98,950/-
On Completion of 4 Yrs - (15/26)*3,80,670*4 = 8,78,460/-
On Completion of 5 Yrs - (15/26)*4,18,730*5 = 12,00,788/-
The above amounts are subject to Ceiling Limits on Gratuity Benefits applicable.
(c) Change in Benefit Formulae of the Gratuity Benefit due to the amendment in the Act.
Mr. A Joins the Company with a Basic Pay of Rs. 2,60,000/- per month, His increment in wages@10%, and due to changes in the Gratuity Factor as 1/1 from 15/26 then Gratuity Payments for next 5 years will be:-

On Completion of 1 Yr - (1/1)*2,86,000*1 = 2,86,000/-
On Completion of 2 Yrs - (1/1)*3,14,600*2 = 6,29,200/-
On Completion of 3 Yrs - (1/1)*3,46,060*3 = 10,38,180/-
On Completion of 4 Yrs - (1/1)*3,80,670*4 = 15,22,660/-
On Completion of 5 Yrs - (1/1)*4,18,730 *5 = 20,93,660/-
The above amounts are subject to Ceiling Limits on Gratuity Benefits applicable.
(d) Change in Ceiling Limit on Gratuity Benefits due to the amendment in the Act.
Mr. A Joins the Company with a Basic Pay of Rs. 5,00,000/- per month, His increment in wages@10%, and due to changes in Ceiling Limit from 10 Lakhs to 20 Lakhs then Gratuity Payments for the next 5 years will be:-

Case 1 - When Gratuity Ceiling is 10,00,000/-
On Completion of 1 Yr - (15/26)* 5,50,000*1 = 3,17,308/-
On Completion of 2 Yrs - (15/26)*6,05,000*2 = 6,98,077/-
On Completion of 3 Yrs - (15/26)*6,65,500*3 = 11,51,827/- Company liable to pay 10,00,000/-
On Completion of 4 Yrs - (15/26)*7,32,050*4 = 16,89,346/- Company liable to pay 10,00,000/-
On Completion of 5 Yrs - (15/26)*8,05,255*5 = 23,22,851/- Company liable to pay 10,00,000/-
Case 2 - When Gratuity Ceiling is 20,00,000/-
On Completion of 1 Yr - (15/26)* 5,50,000*1 = 3,17,308/-
On Completion of 2 Yrs - (15/26)*6,05,000*2 = 6,98,077/-
On Completion of 3 Yrs - (15/26)*6,65,500*3 = 11,51,827/-
On Completion of 4 Yrs - (15/26)*7,32,050*4 = 16,89,346/-
On Completion of 5 Yrs - (15/26)*8,05,255*5 = 23,22,851/- Company liable to pay 20,00,000/-
Case 3 - When Gratuity Ceiling is 30,00,000/-
On Completion of 1 Yr - (15/26)* 5,50,000*1 = 3,17,308/-
On Completion of 2 Yrs - (15/26)*6,05,000*2 = 6,98,077/-
On Completion of 3 Yrs - (15/26)*6,65,500*3 = 11,51,827/-
On Completion of 4 Yrs - (15/26)*7,32,050*4 = 16,89,346/-
On Completion of 5 Yrs - (15/26)*8,05,255*5 = 23,22,851/-
(e) Change in Vesting Condition for eligibility of Gratuity Benefits due to the amendment in the Act.
In the above examples for (a) to (d), If an employee leaves the company before completion of 5 years then "Nil" gratuity benefit is payable in the following events :
(a) on his superannuation, or
(b) on his retirement or resignation.
Case 1 - When Vesting Condition for eligibility is 3 years, Company will be liable to pay gratuity benefit on completion of 3 years in event of his superannuation, on his retirement or resignation.
Case 2 - When Vesting Condition for eligibility is 2 years, Company will be liable to pay gratuity benefit on completion of 2 years in event of his superannuation, on his retirement or resignation.
Case 3 - When Vesting Condition for eligibility is 1 year, Company will be liable to pay gratuity benefit on completion of 1 year in event of his superannuation, on his retirement or resignation.
Gratuity Benefits are long term benefits and are subject to the above changes, so it becomes mandatory for Companies to make proper Accounting/Funding arrangement for Gratuity Benefits.
4. Provisions for Employer under Payment of Gratuity Act 1972 (Amended)
Section 7 of the Act has kept the obligation for payment of gratuity act on the shoulders of the employer, few provisions of this section act are listed below:-
i. As soon as Gratuity becomes payable, it employers responsibility to determine the amount of gratuity and inform it to an employee in writing (Refer subsection 2 of Section 7 of the Act).
ii. The employer shall arrange to pay the amount of gratuity within 30 days from the date when it becomes mandatory. (Refer Sub-section 3 of Section 7 of the Act).
iii. If the amount of gratuity is not paid within 30 days then the amount of gratuity and simple interest will be paid by the employer to the employee for the duration when the payment is not made to the employee. (Refer Sub-section 4 of Section 7 of the Act).
5. Accounting/Funding Options for Gratuity Benefits
Gratuity Liability increase exponentially with the increase in wages of employee and service period of the employee. Also, it is employers responsibility to pay the gratuity to the employee in any case. Companies have generally 2 options for discharging the Gratuity Liability: -
1. Pay as go options – In this option, the Companies makes provision of Gratuity Liability by taking an Actuarial Valuation Report/Certificate from Actuary to Comply with the requirements of following Accounting Standards issued by the Regulators :-
a. AS 15 (Revised 2005)
b. IndAS 19
c. IAS 19 (Revised 2011)-IFRS
In Indian context, Companies falls in following three categories based on the basis of compliance criteria mentioned in Accounting Standards :-
(i) SME - In this case, company needs to disclose details as required for Clause (l) of Para 120 of AS 15 (Revised 2005)
(ii) Non - SME - In this case, company needs to disclose details as required for Para 120 of AS 15 (Revised 2005)
(iii) Companies with Net-worth more 250 cr. - In this case, companies and their subsidiaries has to give disclosure of in compliance of IndAS 19 with comparative numbers of previous 2 years.
2. Funding Option –In this option, Management of Company make decision based on the Gratuity Liability Computed and Certified by An Actuary to creates an Irrevocable Trust. There are 2 major benefits to the company by creating an Irrevocable Trust:-
(i) Contribution into Approved Trust is allowed as deductible Expense : - Provision of Gratuity Liability shown in the Balance Sheet is not allowed as deduction whilst computing net Income for Income Tax ((Refer Section 47A (7) of Income Tax Act 1961) whereas Initial and Annual Ordinary Contribution made by company into an Approved Gratuity Trust (Subject to condition specified in Income Tax Rules 103 & 104) is allowed as deductible expense under Section 36 (1) (v).
(ii) Interest received from Investment of an Approved Gratuity Trust is also exempted as Income Tax :- Interest received from Investment of an Approved Trust is also exempted as Income under Section 10 (25) (iv) of the Income Tax Act, 1961.
In Indian Context, Companies have 2 options based on the Management of Fund of an Approved Gratuity Trust for making the Funding Arrangement for Gratuity Liability Management.
A. Privately Managed
B. Insurance Company Managed
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