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An IAS officer from Bihar wants Punjab, Bihar and Jharkhand to trace and settle Rs 900 which was deducted under General Provident Fund (GPF) during her posting in Punjab more than three decades ago. Due to retire on November 30, 1980-batch officer Amita Paul wrote to officials of the three states to sort the issue out so that she can get the money with interest after retirement.
Currently posted as Departmental Inquiry Commissioner in Bihar, Paul claimed the amount never reached GPF Directorate Bihar.
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On November 3, she shot off letters to Accountant Generals (Accounts and Entitlement) Punjab, Bihar and Jharkhand to settle the issue between themselves and ensure that the said amount with interest was transferred. She also marked copies to the Principal Secretaries of Finance of the three states and to the Director of Provident Fund Bihar.
The Indian Express has copies of her communication, which include details of deductions made from here salary during her posting. According to Paul, Rs 250 were deducted from her salary as GPF in May 1986 and June 1986 each when she was posted in the finance department and Rs 200 each was deducted as GPF in December 1986 and January 1987 when she was posted as the deputy secretary in Punjab Raj Bhawan from May 1986 to May 1988.
She underlined why she has written to Jharkhand AG as well. In her explanation, she said that since the issue was 30 years old and at that time, she has learnt, inter-state book transfers between the AGs pertaining to Bihar used to be handled by AG Ranchi, part of Bihar at that time.
“I was drawing Rs 1,400 per month as salary. There were four deductions, two amounting to Rs 250 each and the other two of Rs 200 each. It seems like a petty amount. But, as an honest officer why should I leave any money whatsover,” Paul told The Indian Express from Bihar.
Asked whether she had calculated how much the amount would be with interest presently, she said, “I have not calculated. But, it must be at least four to five times of the amount deducted at that time.”
She said she spoke to at least 50 people in connection with the case. “The information gathered by me reveals that money never reached Bihar. It is lying somewhere in some consolidated fund. Whether it is there in Bihar, Punjab or Jharkhand, it is for AGs to reconcile and do the needful.”
When contacted Director GPF Dilip Kumar said, “We have taken up the issue with Punjab AG office. We wrote to the office last month and sent a reminder this month,” said Kumar.
Jharkhand Principal Accountant General (Audit) S Ramann said an officer of the department dealing with accounts
might have been corresponded on the issue. Ramann, however, added that state is looking after GPF issues for some years and the concerned officer in his department would not have much to say on that.
Similarly, Punjab Accountant General (Accounts and Entitlement) Faisal Imam said he cannot make any comments “off hand”.