DIBRUGARH, Jan 26 - Officials of the Assam Tea Employees� Provident Fund Organisation (ATEPFO) today attached the movable and immovable properties of Asitpur Tea Estate near Tengakhat town for defaulting on depositing the provident fund of its employees, amounting to Rs 54,00,498.75 since August 28, 2000.
The attachment of the properties was carried out through an order (No. ATEPFO CP 16, No. PF/ZO-DIB/Recovery/2018/E-256/035, dated Dibrugarh 25-01-2018). The attachment process was carried out by Ghana Kanta Kalita, Assistant PF Commissioner (Recovery Officer), ATEPFO, Aparajit Dey, Fund Control Officer, Prafulla Chandra Kakati, Fund Control Officer, Dhiren Kurmi and Dulen Sonowal, both Assistant Fund Control Officers of Dibrugarh zone, in the presence of Labour Officer Rupali Pegu, Labour Inspector Arpana Kindo and representatives of Assam Chah Mazdoor Sangha and Assam Chah Karmachari Sangha under the Tingrai branch.
The tea workers� PF authority based here had earlier issued a notice of demand to the management, allowing them 15 days� time to deposit the recovery certificate amount. But the company failed to comply with the notice sent to it, ATEPFO officials told The Assam Tribune. Due to the attachment of the assets of the defaulting tea estate, the plantation management cannot sell, transfer or lease out the movable/immovable properties.
The ATEPFO office here had earlier attached four other defaulting tea estates in the district. The tea estates earlier attached include the Kamini Tea Estate, Nandanban Tea Estate, Bochapathar Tea Estate and Kailashpur Tea Estate.