In bad news for employees, the Employees’ Provident Fund Organization (EPFO) has made it mandatory to link Aadhaar Card with PF UAN (universal account number) to continue receiving funds in their PF accounts from the employers. EPFO has set the last date to link Aadhar with PF UAN to September 1, 2021.
The deadline has been extended from June 1, 2021, which was earlier set by the EPFO. However, to provide some relief to the employees, the government decided to extend this deadline. Now employees won’t receive the PF money if they fail to link their Aadhaar card with their PF accounts.
“The ECR shall be allowed to be filed only for those members, whose Aadhaar numbers are seeded and verified with the UANs, Ensure the Aadhaar seeding in respect of all the contributory members to enable them to avail uninterrupted services of the EPFO and to avoid any inconvenience,” EPFO earlier mentioned in a circular.
The labour ministry made amendments to Section 142 of the Code of Social Security 2020 to implement this new rule.
Earlier, EPFO said in its tweet that after June 1, 2021, the employer will be able to file an ECR of the same employee whose UAN is linked to Aadhaar. For those whose Aadhaar is not updated, their ECR will be filled separately. He can later link the employee’s UAN with Aadhaar. But everyone has to do it as soon as possible.
As per the order issued by the EPFO, the date of implementation for filing ECR (electronic challan cum receipt or PF return) with Aadhaar verified UANs has been extended to September 1, 2021.
How to Link Aadhaar to PF account
1) Visit epfindia.gov.in
2) In Online Services, click on E-KYC Portal
3) Enter your Aadhaar number, and wait for the OTP to be generated
4) Fill the Aadhaar number again and verify the OTP.
5) Aadhaar will be linked with your PF account.