Applicability of gratuity

Facts - Employees are hired on contract basis for 3 years and if employer is satisfied with the work then again agreement renewed or extended for next 3 years with the same terms and conditions and it is nowhere mentioned in the contract that employee will get benefit of gratuity. 1. Is gratuity applicable in this case at the end of contract as total year of service becomes 6 years. 2. Can we consider contracted employee as same as defined in gratuity act. 3. Will 3 years plus 3 years=6 years be considered that employee worked for continuous period of more than 5 years as stated in the gratuity act. Please suggest what we should do in this case. Please Provide some case law if any


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