Aadhaar card now mandatory for EPF members and pensioners
New Delhi. Employees’ Provident Fund Organization (EPFO) has made Aadhaar number mandatory for its nearly four crore members and 50 lakh pensioners. Members and pensioners will have to provide Aadhaar number within one month or provide proof of having applied for Aadhaar.
EPFO Central Commissioner V.P. Joy said members and pensioners will have to provide Aadhaar number or application slip by January 31 to avail the services. We will review at the end of this month and will extend the time if required. EPFO has directed all the 120 field offices across the country to publicize this campaign so as to create awareness among the employers.
In this regard, the Ministry of Labor has issued a notification. Every month, the central government contributes 1.16 percent to the pension account of all members, while 8.33 percent has to be contributed by the members. Since the government is giving subsidy to the members of the Employees’ Provident Fund Organization. Therefore it is mandatory to provide Aadhaar number under Aadhaar Act 2016.
According to a notification issued by the Ministry of Labor and Employment on January 4, 2017, submission of Aadhaar card has now been made mandatory for pensioners and its existing members to avail benefits under the Employees’ Pension Scheme (EPS), 1995. However, those people who have enrolled themselves for Aadhaar card but have not yet received Aadhaar card will also be able to take advantage of this, they can do so by showing their Aadhaar ID.
Those members and pensioners who have not yet enrolled themselves for Aadhaar number, they must get themselves enrolled by visiting their nearest enrollment center before January 31, 2017. In any case, if there is no enrollment center near you, then it is necessary for EPFO to provide enrollment facility at that place.