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PROVIDENT FUNDS ACT, 1925

ACT No. XIX OF 1925

27th AUGUST. 1925

 

An Act to amend and consolidate the law relating to Government and other Provident Funds.

 

WHEREAS it is expedient to amend and consolidate the law relating to Government and other Provident Funds ;

 

It is hereby enacted as follows : —

 

l. Short title extent and commencement.   — (l) This Act may be called the Provident Funds Act, 1925.

 

(2) It extends to the whole of Pakistan.

 

(3) It shall come into force on such date as the Federal Government may, by notification in the official Gazette, appoint.

 

2. Definitions.  In this Act, unless there is anything repugnant in the subject or context, —

(a) ” compulsory deposit” means a subscription to, or deposit in, a Provident Fund which, under the rules of the Fund, is not, until the happening of some specified contingency, repayable on demand otherwise than for the purpose of  Payment of Premia in respect of a policy of life insurance or the payment of subscriptions or premia in respect of a family pension fund , and includes any contribution 6   and any interest or increment which has accrued under the rules of the Fund on any such subscrip­tion, deposit or contribution, and also any such subs­cription deposit, contribution, interest or increment remaining to the credit of the subscriber or depositor after the happening of any such contingency ;

 

(b) ” contribution” means any amount credited in a Provident Fund, by any authority administering the Fund , by way of addition to, a subscription to, or deposit or balance ; t the credit of an individual account in,  the Fund ; and ” contributory Provident Fund ” means a Provident Fund the rules of which provide for the crediting of contributions ;

 

(e) ” dependant ” means any of the following relatives of a deceased subscriber to, or a depositor in, a Provident Fund, namely, a wife, husband, parent, child, minor brother, unmarried sister and a deceased sons widow and child, and, where no parent of the subscriber or depositor is alive, a paternal grand-parent;

 

(d)  Government Provident Fund ” means a Provident Fund, other than a Railway Provident Fund, con­stituted by the authority of the Secretary of State, the Federal Government, the Crown Representative or any Provincial Government  for any class or classes of  persons in the service of the State or of persons employed in educational institutions or em­ployed by bodies existing solely for educational purposes, and references in this Act to the Go­vernment shall be construed accordingly ;

 

(e) ” Provident Fund ” means a fund in which subscrip­tions or deposits of any class or classes of employees are received and held on their individual accounts, and includes any contributions and any interest or increment accruing on such subscriptions, deposits or contributions under the rules of the Fund ;

 

(f) ” Railway administration ” means —

(i) any company administering a railway or tramway in Pakistan under a Pakistan law, or under contract with the Government, or

(ii) the manager of any railway administered by the Federal Government or the manager of any tram­way administered by a Provincial Government; and.

 

(g) ” Railway Provident Fund”  means a  Provident Fund constituted by the authority of a railway ad­ministration for any clash or classes of its employees.

 

3. Protection of compulsory deposits.   — (1) A compulsory deposit in any Government  or Railway Provident Fund shall not in any way be capable of being assigned or charged and shall not be liable to attachment under any decree or order of any Civil, Revenue or Criminal Court in respect of any debt or liability incurred by the subscriber or depositor, and neither the Official Assignee nor any receiver appointed under the Provincial Insolvency Act, 1920, shall be entitled to, or have any claim on, any such compulsory deposit.

 

(2) Any sum standing to the credit of any subscriber to, or depositor in, any such Fund at the, time of his decease and payable under the rules of the Fund to any dependant of the subscriber or depositor, or to such person as may be authorised by law to receive payment on his behalf shall, subject to any deduction authorised by this Act and, save where the dependant is the widow or child of the subscriber or depositor, subject also to the rights of an assignee under an assignment made before the commencement of this Act, vest in the dependant, and shall, subject as aforesaid, be free from any debt or other liability incurred by the deceased or incurred by the dependant before the death of the subscriber or depositor.

 

4. Provisions regarding repayments.   — (1) When under the rules of any Government or Rail­way Provident Fund the sum landing to the credit of any sub­scriber or depositor, or the balance thereof after the making of any deduction authorised by this Act, his become payable, the officer whose duty it is to make he payment shall pay the sum or balance, as the case may he. to the subscriber or depositor, or, if he is dead, .ball —

 

(a) if the sum or balance, or any part thereof, vests in a dependant. under the provisions of section 3, pay the same to the dependant or to such person as may be authorised by law to receive payment on his behalf; or

 

(b) if the whole sum or balances the case may be, does not exceed five thousand rupees, pay the same, or any part there of, which is not payable under clause (a), to any person nominated to receive it under the rules of the Fund, or, if no person is so nominated, to any person appealing to him to be otherwise entitled to receive it; or

 

(c) in the case of any sum or balance, or any part thereof, which is not payable to any person under clause (a) or clause (A) pay ;the same, —

 

(i) to, any person nominated to receive it under the rules of the Fund, on production by such person of probate or letters of administration evidenc­ing the grant to him of administration to the estate of the deceased or a certificate granted under the Succession Act, 1925, or under the Sind Regulation VIII of 1827 , entitling the holder thereof to receive payment of such sum, balance or part, or

(ii) where no person is so nominated, to any person who produces such probate, letters or certifi­cate :

 

Provided that, where the whole or any part of any sum standing to the credit of the subscriber or depositor has been assigned to any other person before the commencement of this Act. and notice in writing of the assignment has been received by the officer from the assignee, the officer shall, after making any deduction authorised by this Act and any payment due under clause (a) to or on behalf of the widow or children of the sub­scriber or depositor —

 

(i) if the subscriber or depositor  or, if he is dead, the person to whom in the absence of any valid assignment the sum or balance would be payable under this  sub-section gives his consent in writing, pay  the sum or part or the balance thereof, as the case may be, to the assignee, or

 

(ii) if such consent is not forthcoming, withhold payment”” of the sum,” part or balance, as the case may be, pending a decision a competent Civil Court as to the person entitled to receive it.

 

(2) The making of any payment authorised by sub-section (1) shall be a full discharge to the Government or the railway administration, as the case may be, from all liability in respect of so much of the sum standing to the-credit of the subscriber or depositor is equivalent to the amount so paid.

 

5. Rights of nominees.  (1) Notwithstanding anything contained in any law for  the time being in force or in any disposition, whether testamentary or otherwise, by a subscriber to, or depositor in, a Go­vernment or Railway Provident Fund of the sum standing to his credit in the Fund, or of any part thereof, where any nomination, duly made in accordance with the rules of the Fund, purports to confer upon any person the right to receive the whole or any part of such sum on the death of the subscriber or depositor occurring before the sum has become payable or before the sum, having become payable, has been paid, the said person shall, on the death as aforesaid of the subscriber or depositor, become entitled, to the exclusion of all other persona, to receive such sum or part thereof, as the case may be, unless —

 

(a) such nomination is at any time varied by another nomination made in like manner or expressly can­celled by notice given in the manner and to the authority prescribed by those rules, or

 

(b) such nomination at any time becomes invalid by reason of the happening of some contingency speci­fied therein, — and if the said person predeceases the subscriber or depositor, the nomination shall, so far as it relates to the right conferred upon the said person, become void and of no effect :

 

Provided that where provision has been-duly made in the nomination in accordance with the rules of the Fund, confer­ring upon some other person such right in the stead of the person deceased, such right shall, upon the decease as aforesaid of the said person, pass to such other person.

 

(2) Notwithstanding anything contained in the Succession Act, 1925 thc Sind Regulation VIII of 1827 , any person, who becomes entailed as aforesaid, may be granted a certificate under that Act, or that Regulation, as the case may be, entitling him to receive payment of such sum or part, and such certificate shall not be deemed to be invalidated or superseded by any grant to any other person of probate or letters of administration to the estate of the deceased.

 

(3) The provisions of this section as amended by sub­jection (1) of section 2 of the Provident Funds (Amendment) Act, 1946, shall apply also to all such nominations made before the date of the commencement of that Act :

Provided that the provisions of this section as so amended shall not operate to affect any case, in which before the said date any sum has been paid, or has under the rules of the Fund become payable in pursuance of any nominator duly made in accordance with those rules.

 

6. Power to make deductions.  When the sum standing to the credit, of any subscriber or depositor in any Government or Railway Provident Fund which is a contributory Provident Fund becomes payable, there may, if the authority specified in this behalf in the rules of the Fund  so directs, be deducted therefrom and paid to Government or the Railway Administration, as the case may be, —

 

(a) any amount due under a liability incurred by the subscriber  or depositor to Government or the Railway Administration, but not exceeding in any case the total amount of any contributions credited to the account of the subscriber or depositor and of any interest or increment which has accrued   on such contributions ; or

 

(b) where the subscriber or depositor has been dismissed from his employment for any reasons specified in this behalf in the rules of the Fund, or where he has resigned such employment within five years of the commencement thereof, the whole or any part or the amount of any such contributions, interest and increment.

 

7. Protection for acts done in good faith.  No suit or other legal proceeding shall lie against any person in respect of anything which is in good faith done or in­tended to be done under this Ac.

 

8. Power to apply the Act to the Provident funds.  — (1) The appropriate Government may. by notifica­tion in the official Gazette, direct that the provisions of this Act shall apply to any Provident Fund established for the benefit of its employees by any local authority within the meaning of the Local Authorities Loans Act, 1914, and, on the making of such declaration this Act shall apply accordingly, as if such Provident Fund were a Government Provident Fund and such local autho­rity were the Government.

 

(2) The appropriate Government may, by notification in the official Gazette, direct that the provision of this Act shall apply to any Provident Fund established for the benefit of the employees of any of the institutions specified in the Sche­dule- or of any group of such institutions, and, on the making of such declaration, this act shall apply accordingly, as if such Provident Fund were a Government Provident Fund and the authority having custody of the Fund were the Government :

 

Provided that section 6 .shall apply as if the authority mak­ing the contributions referred to in that section were the Govern­ment.

 

(3) The appropriate Government may, by notification in the official Gazette, add to the Schedule the name of any public institution  may deem tit, and any such. addition shall take effect as if it had been made by this Act.

 

(4) In this section “the appropriate Government ” means —

 

(a) in relation to a cantonment authority, a port authority for a major port, and any institution which, or the objects of which, appear to the Federal Govern­ment  to rail within the Federal Legislative List in the Fourth Schedule to the Constitution, the Federal Government  ; and

 

(b) in other cases, the Provincial Government.

 

Explanation. —” The Provincial Government ” in relation to an institution registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860, means the Provincial Government of the Province in which the society is registered.

 

9.  Savings as to estates of soldiers.} Omitted by the Federal Laws (Revision and Declaration) Ordinance, 1981 (XXVII of 1981) s. 3 and Sch. IL

 

10.  Repeals. Rep. by the Repealing Act, 1927 ( XII of 1927) s. 2 and Schedule.

 

 

the SCHEDULE

list OF institutions

 See sub-section (2) of section 8

1. A Court of Wards.

2. A College affiliated to a University established by Statute.

3. The Pakistan Red descent Society}.

4. The  Punjab University.

5. The State Bank of Pakistan.

6. The North-West Frontier Provincial Branch of the Pakistan Red Crescent Society

8. The National Bank of Pakistan.

9. The Pakistan Industrial Finance Corporation.

10. The Pakistan Security Printing Corporation, Ltd.

11. The House Building Finance Corporation.

12. The Agricultural Development Finance Corporation.

13. The Pakistan Insurance Corporation.

14. The Pakistan Council of Scientific and Industrial Research.

15. The Pakistan Industrial Credit and Investment Corporation, Limited.

16. The Pakistan Industrial Development Corporation.

17. The Agricultural Bank of Pakistan.

18. The Telephone Industries of Pakistan, Limited.

19. The Inter-University Board of Pakistan.

21. The University of Karachi.

22. Pakistan Atomic Energy Council.

23. The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan.

24. The National Shipping Corporation.

25. Pakistan International Airlines Corporation.

26. The Investment Corporation of Pakistan.

27.

28.

29.

30. The Habib Bank Limited.

31. The United Bank Limited.

32. The Muslim Commercial Bank Limited.

33. The Allied Bank of Pakistan Limited.

34. The Agricultural Development Bank of Pakistan.

35. The Industrial Development Bank of Pakistan.

36. The National Development Finance Corporation.

37. The National Investment Trust.

38. The Small Business Finance Corporation.

39. The Federal Bank for Cooperatives.

40. The National Insurance Corporation.

41. Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission

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