JORHAT, Sept 16 - The Assam Tea Employees� Provident Fund Organisation (ATEPFO), under the State Labour Department, has attached a tea garden in Jorhat district for default in deposit of provident fund and other allied dues to the Government for a period of five years.
After the Government attaches property of a defaulting company, then the said company cannot sell or transfer or lease out any immovable property owned by it to any other party or organisation.
Assistant PF Commissioner-cum-Recovery Officer (ATEPFO, Jorhat zonal office) Someswar Barhoi told this correspondent that as per the direction from the headquarters, the Puranimati Tea estate at Tilikiam on the outskirts here, has been attached for default of dues amounting to the tune of Rs 28.56 lakh.
He said that the garden, owned by Puranimati Plantation Private Limited, Guwahati, has failed to deposit PF (both workers� and management�s shares) along with Deposit-Linked Insurance and administrative cost fees to ATEPFO, which too are required to be deposited with the Government.
Barhoi said that on September 12 a team of officials led by him, accompanied by a police party, visited the garden and attached all immovable property of the estate by serving the notice of the Government order to the garden authorities.
He said that notices of the order have been hung up at different areas of the estate to make the order visible to all.
Barhoi said the during the attachment period, the day-to-day business activity of the garden could continue.
He said the attachment of a property is carried out for violation of provisions of the Assam Tea Plantation Provident Fund Scheme Act, 1955, after a company fails to deposit dues despite serving of several reminders and a deadline by the Government.
He said in the case of Puranimati, the first �notice of demand� was served to the estate to pay the dues on June 13 this year.
The total area of Puranimati garden is 554 bighas and 16 lechas.