I need a help with regards to my EPF related query below:
I was employed with one of the startup IT Software Company here in Pune, Kalyani Nagar area. I had worked for a year in this company and later I resigned due to personal as well as few reasons like, the company director's threatening type of behavior and nature to its employees.<O:p</O:p
After 3 months from resigning the company, I had applied for my EPF withdrawal directly to the EPF office as per the company’s instructions to me.
Later after waiting for a month I received one letter from EPFO stating that the form has been sent to my company for the attestation and validation. After another 1 months waiting I enquired with the EPFO whether the form has come back with attestation from my company.
They said it has not yet come, therefore I wrote an email to the company’s Director as well as CFO requesting them to sign and attest my EPF withdrawal form. On this they replied that there is some problem of Compliance going on between the company and the EPFO, due to this my EPF is on hold and therefore they assured me to solve this issue in a month’s time. After another 1 month I enquired with my company’s CFO, director and CEO, regarding the same, now they say that you need to fill another form just because I have done some mistakes.<O:p</O:p
But to the best of my knowledge, prior to this I had applied for the EPFO 1-2 times when I had left the past company’s and, this time I had taken help from the old specimen forms. I mean to say that, I had not done any mistakes while filling the form. I have confirmed from the EPFO that my form has no mistakes in it while fillling from my side, they just want attestation.<O:p</O:p
Due to this delay I myself met the Assistant Commission of EPFO for further clarifications. They said that the company has to send the attested form, and in my case I have nothing to do with the compliance issue or anything. As soon as the company authorizes my form, they are ready to do the further process.<O:p</O:p
After getting the clarifications from the EPFO office I once again approached my company. But here they are not responding now.
<O:p</O:pAfter going through all the physical hassles and metal harassment I have become helpless now. I don’t know why my company is not attesting the form since last 5 months and why it is giving me different excuses.
<O:p</O:pIn this regards I would like to know what shall I do next.
1) Should I fill an RTI application to EPFO and get the facts?<O:p</O:p
2) Should I use the RTI facts to file a legal case against the company for physically and mentally harassing?<O:p</O:p
3) What is the best can I do to get the compensation, because the EPF amount was supposed to be used for my family member’s medical requirements and I didn’t get the money in time that’s why I had to borrow the money from others and now I need to pay them back?<O:p</O:p
4) Should I approach the media?<O:p</O:p
PS: I have not mentioned the company’s name here so is there any harm in mentioning the name of the company on you website? <O:p</O:p
Kindly help me out.
Thanks and Regards!<O:p