Friday, October 21, 2022

NCLAT directs Jet Airways' new owner to clear unpaid provident fund, gratuity dues

Insolvency appellate tribunal NCLAT on Friday directed Jet Airways' new owner - Jalan-Kalrock consortium - to pay the unpaid provident fund and gratuity dues of employees of the carrier, which is going to restart its operation. It has directed the former resolution professional to "compute the payments to be made to workmen and employees within one month from today" and communicate the same to the Jalan-Kalrock consortium to take steps for the payment.

Allowing a batch of petitions filed by the associations of workmen, Aircraft Maintenance Engineers, Officers and Staff Association and others, a two-member NCLAT bench had asked the new owner to make payment of provident fund dues as admitted by the resolution professional.

"Successful Resolution Applicant is directed to make payment of unpaid provident fund to the workmen till the date of insolvency commencement, after deducting the amount already paid towards the provident fund in the Resolution Plan to the workmen," said the NCLAT.

The NCLAT also cleared that the workmen are also entitled to payment of their gratuity dues as on the insolvency commencement date, after adjusting any amount towards gratuity paid under the resolution plan.

"Employees shall also be entitled to the gratuity, which fell due up to insolvency commencement date," said the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT).

However, it said, the entitlement of those employees and workmen, who were demerged into AGSL (Airways subsidiary Airjet Ground Services Ltd), a subsidiary of Jet Airways shall not be there, since the demerger has not been treated as a termination of their services.

"The employees are also entitled to the payment of their full provident fund, unpaid up to the date of the insolvency commencement date," said the 143-page-long NCLAT order.

The order also said, "It is made clear that full payment of provident fund would be of that unpaid part of provident fund, which has not been deposited by the Corporate Debtor in the EPFO"

21/10/22 PTI/Economic Times

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