I was employed in a small pvt organisation belonging to a relative between April 1993 to - June 1995 (2 yrs and 3 months) and then again between Nov 1998- March 2004 (5 years & 5 months). The 1st break was due to study leave and 2nd time, i joined another company. Both times, i didn’t officially resign from the company but just verbally informed them.
After a gap of 6 years, I rejoined them the 3rd time between Nov 2009 - March 2010. (5 months). I stopped working with them after this due to the ill financial health of the company. This time again i just informed them verbally.
Now in order to claim my EPF and Gratuity they are asking me to submit an official resignation letter. Let me know if i am i eligible for Gratuity and if so, what is the "no of years in service" should i use to calculate my service eligibility is it from 1993 onwards i.e. 17 years or lesser?