The Employees' Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO), the retirement fund body, has made Aadhaar seeding mandatory for all Employees’ Provident Fund (EPF) accounts. Failing to this will lead to discontinuation of the employers' contribution in the EPF account as they won't be able to file Electronic Challan cum Return (ECR) of the EPF accounts not linked with Aadhaar.
The employees won't be able to avail of any other services too from the EPFO in the absence of Aadhaar verification.
The EPFO has taken the decision under Section 142 of the Social Security Code 2020.
This means employees who have not linked the two should do it immediately without any delay. It’s important to note here that the retirement fund body, allows subscribers to update the Aadhaar details in the Employees' Provident Fund (EPF) account through its online portal - epfindia.gov.in.
Here are the steps to link your EPF account with Aadhaar online:
Step 1: Visit the EPFO's member portal and log in through username and password.
Step 2: Go to the 'Manage' option in the top menu bar.
Step 3: Select the 'KYC' option from the drop-down.
Step 4: A new page opens which contains a list of the different document types. Select “Aadhaar” to link with your EPF account.
Step 5. Enter your Aadhaar number and your name as per your Aadhaar card and click on the save option.
Step 6. Once you have saved your Aadhaar details, your Aadhaar will be verified from UIDAI’s data.
Step 7. On successful approval of your KYC document, you will successfully be able to link Aadhaar with your EPF account and you will find “Verified” written against your Aadhaar details.
Meanwhile, the EPFO has also allowed its members to avail a second non-refundable COVID-19 advance.
Under this provision, non-refundable withdrawal to the extent of the basic wages and dearness allowances for three months or up to 75 percent of the amount standing to member's credit in the EPF account, whichever is less, is provided. Members can apply for a lesser amount also.
(Edited by : Jomy Jos Pullokaran)