The Additional Mumbai District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum directed a builder to hand over flats to two brothers, Mehul and Narayan Thakkar, and also to form a cooperative housing society, hand over parking space and completion certificate to the buyers within six months.
The Forum held Dhariya Developers guilty of deficiency in service for not handing over the flats to two brothers in Juhu, despite their having paid Rs40 lakh each in 2006.
The builder has been directed to hand over the flats after receiving the remaining amount of Rs1 lakh from each buyer. The Forum also ordered the builder to pay a compensation of Rs15,000.
The Thakkars lodged a complaint on 16 July 2009 saying that they had booked the flats in September 2006. The developer had assured them possession within a year. But the developer did not comply and ignored their repeated requests
Organised sector employees going abroad for offshore work can now fill up their PF details online to obtain the certificate of coverage (CoC) which attests that the person is covered under social security schemes. According to a circular of Employees’ Provident Fund Organisations (EPFO), applicants will be able to enter their personal data, like name, PF account numbers and the period for which CoC is required.The software has been upgraded and is expected to eliminate mistakes.
Employees need to download their application, after filling it up online, and get it countersigned by their employers.
The employer would have to submit the document to the concerned Regional Provident Fund Commissioner, who will issue the CoC within three working days.
EPFO has decided to make all payments to its beneficiaries through electronic mode from September 2014. At present, 93% of the benefits are transferred electronically. Under this facility, benefits, such as PF withdrawals, are directly credited to the beneficiaries’ account and no cheque or bank draft is issued.
Making electronic payment will not only improve the efficiency of the EPFO, but will also reduce unnecessary paperwork. Digitising of pension data is expected to be completed by August 2014. EPFO is also contemplating providing permanent or universal account numbers to all its active members by October 2014.