Have some Rude shock in Gratuity front also.
For the past 3 months there were news articles and announcement of increasing Gratuity ceiling from '10 Lakh' to '20 Lakh' for Public sector and private sector employees by way of amending the THE PAYMENT OF GRATUITY ACT, 1972.
yesterday The Payment of Gratuity (Amendment) Bill, 2017 to amend the THE PAYMENT OF GRATUITY ACT, 1972 has been introduced in Lok Sabha.
As a rude shock to all our expectations the word "ten Lakh" is replaced with "amount as may be notified by the Central Government from time to time".
i.e. our gratuity ceiling is not increased to 20 Lakh but at the same time the already existing legal protection to claim 10 lakh as Gratuity is removed.
The amended section 4(3) would be like this
" Sec 4(3) The amount of gratuity payable to an employee shall not exceed "such amount as may be notified by the Central Government from time to time".
So once the law is enacted the Central govt will become all powerful to decide the Gratuity amount for every employee of an organisation.
This is a clear betrayal and abridgment of our rights. There is NO assurance in the bill that Govt will increase the Gratuity.
Its needful to ensure that the word "twenty Lakh" is incorporated in the bill.