Union Minister Bandaru Dattatreya has said that Labour Ministry will soon launch an investigation into the provident fund contributions made by Kingfisher Airlines for its employees when the carrier was functioning, as per the PTI report.
"We have not examined the issue so far. I will look into that. We will examine (all the issues)," Dattatreya told PTI.
Beleaguered businessman Vijay Mallya, who is facing legal proceedings for allegedly defaulting on loans of over Rs 9,000 crore from various banks, is currently under scanner by multiple agencies, including CBI.
An open letter written by women employees of KFA recently alleged that the company did not pay salaries, but kept depositing PF due to fear of action from the authorities.
Former Kingfisher Airlines (KFA) pilot Captain Kedar Wagh said the defunct company owes him Rs 45 lakh towards his salary dues.
He further said that many former employees are trying to come under one banner and start a legal battle for their dues.
"We are trying to form a group and approach the Supreme Court seeking justice. We have received positive responses from over 900 former employees. We are in the process of gathering more (employees on the platform)," Wagh said.
Meanwhile, EPFO's apex decision-making body, the Central Board of Trustees' (CBT), will meet on March 17 to take stock of the situation with regard to the investments the body made into index-linked ETFs (Exchange Traded Funds).