Coir Board General Provident Fund Bye-Laws,1977
13. Advances from the Fund.
(1) The Secretary may sanction the payment to any subscriber of an advance consisting of a sum of whole rupees and not exceeding an amount equal to three months’ pay or half the amount standing to his credit in the Fund, whichever is less, for one or more of the following purposes
(a) to pay expenses in connection with the illness or a disability, including where necessary, the travelling expenses of the subscriber or any person actually dependent on him;
(b) to meet the cost of higher education, including where necessary, the travelling expenses of the subscriber or any person actually dependent on him in the following cases, namely :
(i) for education outside India for an academic, technical, professional or vocational course beyond the High School stage; and
(ii) for any medical, engineering or other technical or specialised course in India beyond the High School stage, provided that the course of study is for not less than three years;
(c) to pay obligatory expenses on a scale appropriate to the status which by customary usage the subscriber has to incur in connection with marriages or other ceremonies of himself Or of his children or of any other person actually dependent on him:
Provided that the condition of actual dependence shall not apply in the case of a son or daughter of the subscriber;
Provided further that the condition of actual dependence shall not apply in the case of an advance required to meet the funeral expenses of the parent of a subscriber;
(d) to meet the cost of legal proceedings instituted by the subscriber for vindicating his position in regard to any allegations made against him in respect of any act done or purporting to be done by him in the discharge of his official duty, the advance in this case being available in addition to any advance admissible for the same purpose from any other source :
Provided that the advance under this clause shall not be admissible to a subscriber who institutes legal proceedings in any court of law either in respect of any matter unconnected with his official duty or against the Board in respect of any condition of service or penalty imposed on him;
(e) to meet the cost of his defence where the subscriber is prosecuted by Board in any court of law or where the subscriber engages a legal practitioner to defend himself in an enquiry in respect of any alleged official misconduct on his part.
(2) An advance shall not, except for special reasons to be recorded in writing, be granted to any subscriber in excess of the limit laid down in Cl. (1) or until repayment of the last instalments of any previous advance together with interest thereon, provided that if the reason is of a confidential nature it may be communicated to the Secretary personally and/or confidentially.
Note.-For the purpose of this bye-law, pay includes dearness pay, where admissible.