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What are the offences under the Act? What is the punishment for them?

(a) If any person, for the purpose of avoiding any payment to be made under the Act or the Schemes, knowingly makes any false statement or false representation, he would be punished with imprisonment upto one year, or with fine upto RS.5,000, or with both. 

(b) If any employer makes default in payment of the employer\'s contribution or the employee\'s contribution payable under the Employees\' Provident Funds Scheme or paragraph 38 of the said scheme relating to the payment of administrative charges, or under section 17(3)(a) of the Act relating to the payment of inspection charges, he would be punished with imprisonment upto three years but it shall not be less than one year and a fine of RS.10,000 in case of default in payment of the employee\'s contribution which has been deducted by the employer from the employees\' wages and six months and a fine of Rs.5,000/- in any other case.

(c) If any employer makes default in payment of the employer\'s contribution or the administrative charges payable under the Deposit Linked Insurance Scheme under section 6-C or contravenes the provisions of section 17(3)(a) relating to the payment of inspection charges, he would be punished with imprisonment upto 1 year, but which shall not be less than 6 months, plus fine upto RS.5,000.

(d) If any person contravenes or makes default in complying with any other provision of the Act Oi any condition for exemption from any scheme, he would be punished with imprisonment upto six months but which shall not be less than 1 month and with fine upto RS.5,OOO, or with both.

(e) If any person convicted of an offence under the Act or the Schemes commits it again, he would be punished with imprisonment upto five years but which shall not be less than two years, plus fine upto RS.25,000.


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