EPFO moving closer to digitization
Moving a step closer to the online settlement of online PF withdrawal claims the Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) has allowed its subscribers to file their applications directly to the retirement fund body without employers’ attestation.
At present, subscribers submit their claims regarding provident fund withdrawals manually through their current or former employers. The attestation of the forms was mandatory for the purpose.
This facility will be available to all those subscribers whose universal (or portable PF) account number (UAN) is activated and seeded with KYC details like bank account and Aadhaar number.
However, claims will be submitted manually by subscribers directly to the respective provident fund commissioners.
Subscribers filing their claims directly without employers’ attestation would have to use new forms 19 UAN, l0-C UAN and 31 UAN. These new forms are of half a page size compared to two to three pages applications used at present for withdrawal of PF.
According to EPFO’s website, 2.13 crore subscribers have activated their UANs. The retirement fund body has allotted 5.65 crores UANs so far.
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