14B. Power to recover damages
Where an employer makes default in the payment of any contribution to the Fund the Pension Fund or the Insurance Fund or in the transfer of accumulations required to be transferred by him under sub-section (2) of section 15 or sub-section (5) of section 17 or in the payment of any charges payable under any other provision of this Act or of any Scheme or Insurance Scheme or under any of the conditions specified under section 17 the Central Provident Fund Commissioner or such other officer as may authorised by the Central Government by notification in the Official Gazette in this behalf may recover from the employer by way of penalty such damages not exceeding the amount or arrears as may be specified in the Scheme;
Provided that before levying and recovering such damages the employer shall be given a reasonable opportunity of being heard :
Provided further that the Central Board may reduce or waive the damages levied under this section in relation to an establishment which is a sick industrial company and in respect of which Scheme for rehabilitation has been sanctioned by the Board for industrial and Financial Reconstruction established under section 4 of the Sick Industrial Companies (Special Provisions) Act 1985 (1 of 1986) subject to such terms and conditions as may be specified in the Scheme.