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Pension Rules framed under para 42 of A.T.P.P.F  & P.F. Scheme, 1968 and approved by the Govt. of Assam vide memo No. GLR. 263/70/44, dt. 12-7-1972.

Pension Including Family Pension through
Assam Tea Plantations Provident Fund
And Pension Fund Scheme
For the Tea Workers in Assam.

            The Board of Trustees, Assam Tea Plantations Provident Fund and Pension Fund Scheme under the direction of Govt. of Assam have decided to introduce Family Pension Scheme for the workers of Tea plantations in Assam. It has also been decided to increase the existing Pensionary benefits at a much enhanced rate. These benefits will be in addition to the Provident Fund an Insurance now being enjoyed by them. The revised Pension Scheme including Family Pension shall come into force with effect from 1-4-1972.
2. The Revised Pension Scheme is proposed to cover the cases of Pension/Family Pension to all the members of the Assam Tea Plantations Provident Fund Scheme on retirement, premature cessation and family pension to their families on death while in service.
3. Pensionary benefits must need be related to :
            (i) Age on retirement,
(ii) The minimum period of membership in the Provident Fund,
(iii) Provident Fund accumulation on the date of retirement.
The age of retirement has been fixed at 58 years.
The minimum qualifying period of membership in the Fund has been fixed at 25 years without any break for more than 3(three) months at a time for full pensionary benefits. Under the Assam Tea Plantations Provident Fund (Assam Act X of 1955) an employee in a plantation is compulsorily require to be a member of the Provident Fund. By linking entitlement to pension to membership of Provident Fund, cases of transfers from one garden to another will be covered. The pensionary benefits proposed to be given has been related to members wages as reflected in the Provident Fund contributions made by him to the Fund.  Thus a member being a member of the Provident Fund for 30(thirty) years will have a larger amount of pension than on putting in fewer years of membership in the Fund.

3.(a) Family Pension :
          Family Pension as detailed in para 5© shall be given to the family, as indicated below, of a member who dies while in service, subject to completion of full one year of membership of the Fund.
The Family Pension is Payable to :
(i)To the widow or widower upto the date of death or remarriage whichever is earlier.
Provided that no widower who adopted bigamy or polygamy can claim family pension except for the wife who dies first.
Provided further that in the event of a male member who adopted bigamy or polygamy, only one family pension shall be payable to all the surviving widows in the equal shares.
(ii) Failing (i), to the eldest son until he attains the age of 18 years.
(iii) Failing (i) and (ii), to the next eldest son until he attains the age of 18 years and
(iv) Failing (i), (ii) and (iii), to the eldest unmarried daughter until she attains the age of 21 years or marriage whichever is earlier.
Family Pension shall become payable from the beginning of the month immediately following the month in which the members dies.
4. The pension Fund :
          It shall consist of :

  1. Opening balance of the existing Pension Fund as on 1-4-1972.
  2. Annual contribution from the Surplus Interest Account.
  3. Annual contribution by the Central Government.

          Age on retirement

 Period of membership in the
 Fund

        Benefits

 

    58 years or more

 

    -do-

 

   -do-

 

  -do-

 

  -do-

 

25 years or more

 

15 years or more, but less than
25 years

10 years or more, but less than
15 years

5 years or more, but less than
10 years

less than 5 years

 

7  % on the P.F. balance
annually for 7 years.

5% on the P.F. balance
annually for 7 years.

5% on the P.F. balance
annually for 5 years.

3% on the P.F. balance
annually for 5 years.

2% additional interest on P.F.
balance.

5.(a) Pensionary benefits to a member who retires at the age of 58 years or more shall be apportioned
in the manner prescribed below :

            Examples are given in Appendix- I

5.(b) Benefits in case of cessation of membership before the age of retirement :-

         


          Age on cessation

 Period of membership in the
 Fund

        Benefits

 

    Between 45 & 57 years

 

     Between 45 & 57 years

  
-do-

 

  -do-

 

   Between 30 & 44 years

  -do-

  Below 30 years

  -do-

 

 

25 years or more

 

15 years or more, but less than
25 years

10 years or more, but less than
15 years

5 years or more, but less than
10 years

10 years or more

5 years or more, but less than
10 years
10 years or more

5 years or more, but less than
10 years

 

30% on the P.F. balance
at a time.

25% on the P.F. balance
at a time.
.
15% on the P.F. balance
at a time.
.
12  %  on the P.F. balance
at a time .

10% on the P.F. balance
at a time.
7  %  on the P.F. balance
at a time .
5% on the P.F. balance
at a time.
2  %  on the P.F. balance
at a time .

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In case of termination of membership
Before completion of 5 years in the
Fund , members will be entitled to                                                               1% additional interest

Examples are shown in Appendix II
(In determining the age and period of membership of the broken period of 6 months or more will be counted as completed period of one year. The broken period of less than 6 months will be ignored).

5.(c) Family Pension in the event of death of a member while in service  :-
          A lump of Rs. 2000/- (Rupees two thousand only) and a monthly family pension as indicated below will be given to the members of the family as indicated in para 3(a) of the member who dies while in service, having put in one year of continuous membership of the Fund :-
P.F. balance of the deceased member                      Admissible monthly family pension                                                                                                                           (w.e.f. 01.08.96)                                                              
                                                                                                                                                               
Upto Rs. 25,000/-                                                                                                                   Rs. 175/- per month
Upto Rs. 40,000/-                                                                                                                   Rs. 200/- per month
Upto Rs. 55,000/-                                                                                                                   Rs. 250/- per month
Upto Rs. 70,000/-                                                                                                                   Rs. 300/- per month
Upto Rs. 85,000/-                                                                                                                   Rs. 350/- per month
Upto Rs. 1 lakh and above                                                                                                       Rs. 450/- per month

            Examples are given in Appendix III

6. Facility for Commutation :
          A member retiring on attaining the age of 58 years may have the privilege of commutation of the total pension admissible to him at a time on retirement. The commuted value will be 75% of the total pension.

6.  (a) Change of option to receive commuted value in lieu of monthly/yearly pension  :
          The application for change of option to receive commuted value in lieu of monthly or yearly pension is to be made within one year from the date of admittance of the claim and thereafter no application for change of option shall be entertained.

7.  Option to receive Revised Pension in lieu of Family Pension  :
          A person entitled to draw family pension as per para 3(a) herein before mentioned may opt for revised pension in lieu of family pension. Pensionary benefits in such cases shall be payable as per provisions of para 5(a), 5(b) and 6 of this booklet.

7.  (a) In no case a retired member or a nominee of a deceased member shall be entitled to claim both the Family Pension and Revised Pension.
8.  Proof of age and records of service  :
          Each plantation shall maintain the records of age and membership in the Provident Fund of all the employees. These  records shall
be made available to all officers of this office for inspection . While forwarding pension application, the garden mandent Fund accumulation of the member concerned.
9.  Procedure of application for pension/Family Pension :   

            The application for  pension in prescribed form shall be submitted by each applicant whether full time retirement to his / her employer . The employer in hi turn shall certify on the application the correctness of the age, membership in The fund and the last provident Fund balance and forward the same along with a true copy of the settlement Receipt to the respective Pension Wing of Assam
Tea Plantations Provident Fund and Pension Fund Scheme for onward action. The form of application for pension is shown in Appendix IV .The procedure of application for family pension shall be the same as in case of pension , but the application form will be different as shown appendix IV (a) and (b).
9. (a) Anybody desirous for alteration of the particulars furnished in the original Pension /Family Pension application must do so by submitting an application within one month from the date of admittance of the claim . Such application must be submitted through the garden Manager .
10.       Last Provident Fund balance of Retiring / Deceased Member :
            Last Provident Fund balance shall mean the net amount actually paid off  to the retiring member or his/her nominee in case of the deceased member after deducting all the outstanding advance payable by a retiring/deceased member.   
11.       (a) Mod of payment :
            Pension shall be payable either monthly or yearly or 75% of the total pension  (    th commuted value) at a time at the option of the beneficiaries .
11.       (b) Pension and other associate benefits shall be paid at half the rate of usual benefits in case of those who are dismissed, discharged, for gross misconduct as defined in the Assam Tea Plantations Provident Fund and Pension Fund Scheme.
11.       (c) Where a retired/ceased member of the Fund to whom any amount has become payable under para 5 (a) and (b) of the booklet dies before the amount has actually been paid to him the amount shall be payable to his/her nominee.
11.       (d) Disbursement of pension money shall be made by the employer or his authorised agent within one month from the date of remittance and undisbursed amounts shall be deposited into any branch of State Bank of India / United Bank of India for credit of Account
No 9 of A.T.P.P.F.& P.F. Scheme by Challan in quadruplicate immediately thereafter .
11.       (e) It shall be the responsibility of every employer to maintain records showing disbursement of amounts of pension received from
The Board of Trustees.
12.Redeeming Features of the Scheme :
The Scheme has the following redeeming features :

  1.       No direct contributions either from the employers or the employees.
  2.       The benefits are in addition to the Provident Fund and Insurance benefits.
  3.       This will encourage the spirit of saving and will be Inspire maintenance of handsome Provident Fund credit balance . It will discourage frequent drawal of advances from Provident Fund and absenteeism . 

 
13.       Cost of Administration :
            The cost of administration of the Scheme will be borne by Government of India and remittance can be despatched to the garden managers and the members concerned from pay offices to be established in parts of the state .
14.       Invalid pension :
            A monthly pension of  Rs.60/ - (Rupees sixty ) will be given to a P. F. member for life who sustains injuries while in service resulting in permanent total disablement as provided in Schedule I part No. 1 of Section 2 (1) and 4 of the Workman’s Compensation Act, 1923 . Such invalid pension shall be payable to the members who sustain injuries of the undernoted description .

            Description of Injury                                                                                    Percentage of loss of    
                                                                                                                                   earning capacity

  1. Loss of both hands or
  2. Amputation at higher sites … … …                                                                     100                 

  3. Loss of hand and a foot … … … …                                                                   100                  
  4.  

  5. Double amputation through leg or
  6. thigh, or amputation through leg or
    thigh or one side and loss of other foot … … …                                                  100             

  7. Loss of sight to such an extent as to render
  8. the claimant unable to perform any work for which
    eye sight is essential … … … … … …                                                               100

  9. Very severe facial disfigurement … … …                                                            100
  10. Absolute deafness …. …. …. …. …. ….                                                           100

 

14. (a) The application for invalid pension shall be submitted by the member through his/her employer in the prescribed form shown in Appendix V. Such application must accompany a certificate from the Doctor of the Tea Estate concerned disclosing the description of injury making him/her permanently total disablement for any work.

14. (b) Such invalid member shall have the option to go for revised pension in lieu of invalid pensions according to his/her advantage.

14. (c) The above benefit is in addition to the compensation payable by his/her employer as provided under Workmen’s Compensation Act, 1923 as amended.

                                                                                                APPENDIX : I
                                                                        PENSION ON  ATTAINING THE AGE OF 58
                                                                                    YEARS OR MORE    


 
Period of membership Wage per month P.F. Accumulation at the present rate of contribution payable on retirement Rate of Pension Pension(net) Payable

1 2 3 4 5

 
35 years       Rs. 100/-  Rs. 11,610.04 7 % for years  Rs. 6095.25
25years  -do- Rs.    7001.17 -do- Rs. 3675.57
15 years -do- Rs.     3570.17 5% for 7 years Rs. 1249.50
10 years  -do-  Rs.     2201.01 5% for 5 years  Rs. 550.25
5 years -do-  Rs.      1019.34 3% for 5 years Rs. 152.89
Less than 5 years   -do- Rs_________ 2% additional interest Rs________
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                .

                              The benefits are addition to Insurance benefits


                                                                                  APPENDIX : II
                                                            BENEFITS BEFORE ATTAINING THE AGE OF 58
                                                            YEARS (PREMATURE CESSATION)

Age Period of membership Wage per month P.F. Accumulation at the present rate of contribution payable on retirement Rate Benefits(net) Payable Lumpsum

1 2 3 4 5 6

 
48 years   25 years. Rs . 100/ Rs. 7,001.17  30% Rs. 2100.33
46 years  20 years . -do- Rs . 5,159.95 25% Rs . 1290.00
30 years . 10 years . -do- Rs . 2,201.01 10%  Rs . 220.30
24 years .  5 years . -do-   Rs . 1019.34    2 % Rs . 25.47
5 years -do-  Rs.      1019.34 3% for 5 years Rs. 152.89
  Less than 5 years   -do-   1% additional
interest

The benefits are in addition to Insurance benefits .

                                                                                    APPENDIX : III
                                                            EXAMPLES OF FAMILY PENSION / PENSION

Family Pension – A, an Employee (labour) earns wage @ Rs..15/- per week or Rs. 780/- a year. He dies while in service having put in full one year membership in the provident fund. He is also insured for Rs. 500- through his Provident Fund . His nominee / successor as mentioned at Para 5 above gets as follows :

1 .        Provident Fund contribution including
interest on completion of one year
membership                                                                                                                 Rs . 253.30 p.
2 .        Less Insurance Premium paid  @  Rs .             26.16 p.
per annum   …   …   …                                                                                              Rs .   52.32  p.

  Rs .  200.98 p.

3.         Ad value of Insurance Policy                                                                                     
including Bonus  …   …   …                                                                                       Rs . 516.00 p.
4.         Ad lumpsum benefit under Family                                                                    Rs .2000.00 p.
……………….
Pension Rules  ….   ….   ……                                                                                     Rs .2716.98 p.

In addition , monthly family pension as admissible under para 5 (c) shall continue to receive by the member of the family of the deceased on the basis of as mentioned in para  3 (a)
(b) B, an Employee (staff) gets a monthly salary of 100/-

            He dies while in service having put in full 15 years of  membership in Provident Fund . the member of the family of the deceased B . gets as below ;
1 .  His Provident Fund balance including interest on .
the date of death  ….  ……    ……..                                                                                 Rs . 3570.87 p.
Less outstanding P.F. Advanced  if any  ---                                                                      Rs .   200.00 p.

P.F. Balance (net).                                                                  Rs . 3370.87 p.
2 .  Add lumpsum amount admissible under                                                                Rs . 2000.00 p.
………………..
Family Pension Rules  ------                                                                                               Rs . 5370.87 p.

In addition , monthly family pension as admissible under para 5 (c) shall continue to receive by the member of  the family of the deceased on the basis of as mentioned in para 3 (a) .

APPENDIX: IV (a)
Application for pension other than family pension

 

Name of the garden ………………………………………………….Code No ………………………………

  1. Name & P.F. No of the member :
  2. (a) Date of enrolment as a member of

A.T.P.P.F. & P.F. scheme –
in the Company’s P.F. Scheme –
(b) Period of membership in the fund –
(c) Amount and date of transfer of P.F. accumulation from Company’s Provident fund –
3. NET Provident fund balance after adjusting outstanding advances, if any on the date of retirement / dismissal supported by a copy of settlement receipt in Form No. 4showing the gross P.F. Balance and other outstanding advances-
4. Date of retirement / dismissal of gross misconduct along with the cause of dismissal –
(b) Age on the date of retirement / dismissal as per record maintained in the Garden –
5. Name of the nominee and address –
(b) Whether the member had any break in his her membership in fund of a continuous period of three months or more and if so the dates and the reasons there of –
6. Whether the member desires to draw Pension due to him / her Monthly/Yearly –
7. Whether the applicant is a re-employed person and if so state the following-
(a)The name and address of his/her earlier employer -
(b)The period of his /her earlier service (with date of entry and date of retirement)-
(c)  Any Pensionary benefit was granted to him/her under this scheme or any other scheme for the earlier period of his/her service. Give details , viz
8. Commuted value at a time.
Permanent address of the member/Nominee at which Cheque for Pension will be forwarded –
9. Nearest State Bank at which Cheque will be issued –'


Date ________________                                                                      Signature or L.T.I/R.T.I. of the member.

   N.B. Strike out the word or para which is not applicable.

 

FOR GARDEN’S USE
Certified that the above statement is correct and true to the best of my knowledge and as per records maintained in the garden.

                                                                                                                                 Signature of the Manager

Name & Code No. of Garden.

 

APPENDIX: IV (b)
APPLICATION FOR FAMILY PENSION

 

Name of Garden ………………………………………………….Code No …………………………………

  1. Name & P.F. No of the member :
  2. (a) Date of enrolment as a member of A.T.P.P.F. & P.F. scheme –

 (b) Period of membership in the fund –
3. NET Provident fund balance after adjusting outstanding advances, if any on the date of death -        Rs.
4. (a) Date of death supported by necessary medical certificate from the Medical Officer of the Garden –
(b) Age on the date of death -
5. Whether the deceased member had any break in his/her membership in fund of  continuous period of three months or more and if so the dates-
6. (a) The name of the person entitled to draw Family Pension in accordance with the Provision laid down in para 3 (a) (i), (ii), (iii) and  (iv) of the Booklet for pension –
(b) The relationship of the payee with the deceased – Widow/Widower
                                                                       Eldest son/ Eldest daughter –
(c) The age pf the payee -
7  (a)Where the deceased was a male member, whether he adopted bigamy or polygamy and if so state the names and addresses of all surviving widows –
(b)Where the deceased was a female member –
(i) Whether the widower adopted bigamy or polygamy –
(ii) Whether he is in receipt of one or more family pension under this Scheme or any other Scheme in respect of the wife/wives who dies earlier to the present wife-
(iii) In case the reply to (ii) above is in affirmative, give details, viz, name, P.F. No. of the deceased wife (i) –
(iv) In case reply to (ii) above is in negative, state whether he has applied for Family Pension and if so when and to whom -
8. Whether the payee desires to opt for revised pension in lieu of family pension and if so state whether he/she wants to draw monthly/yearly or commuted value of pension –
9.Whether the deceased was a re-employed person and if so state the following –

  1. The name and address of his/her earlier employer –
  2. The period of his/her earlier service (with date of entry and date of retirement)-
  3. Any pensionary benefits was granted to him/her under this Scheme or any other Scheme for the earlier period of his/her service. Give details viz. amount of pension and date of drawal (b) -

10. Permanent address of the payee at which Cheque for family pension will be sent-
11. Nearest State Bank at which Cheque will be issued –

    Date ________________                                                                  Signature or L.T.I or R.T.I. of the payee.

   N.B. Strike out the word or para/word which is not applicable.
Certified that the above statement is correct and true to the best of my knowledge and as per records maintained in the garden.

                                                                                                                                       Signature of the Manager
Garden Office seal                                                                                                  Name & Code No. of Garden.

 

 

APPENDIX: V
APPLICATION FOR INVALID PENSION

 

Name of Garden ………………………………………………….Code No ……………………………………

  1. Name & P.F. No of the member :
  2. (a) Date of enrolment as a member of A.T.P.P.F. & P.F. scheme –

 (b) Period of membership in the fund –
3. NET Provident fund balance after adjusting outstanding advances, if any on the date of accident….. ….. …  Rs.
4. Date & time of accident -
4. (a) Short description of the accident resulting in 100% loss of earning capacity. This is to be supported by Medical Certificate from the Medical Officer of the Garden.
5. Age on the date of accident -
6. Whether the invalid member had any break in his/her P.F. membership. If so, the period of break should be mentioned.
7. Permanent address of the payee at which Cheque for invalid pension will be sent.
8. Nearest State Bank at which Cheque will be issued –

Certified that the above statement is correct and true to the best of my knowledge and belief. I also declare that after careful consideration I have opted for invalid pension in lieu of Revised Pension.

 

    Date ________________                                                                Signature or L.T.I or R.T.I. of
                                                                                                                          the payee.

 


FOR GARDEN USE

Certified that the above mentioned member has sustained injuries making him/her hundred percent loss of earning capacity. The Statements given above, are also true as per record maintained in the garden.

                                                                                                                                                         

Signature of the Garden Manager

Garden Office seal                                                                                                       Date :

 

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