Retirement fund physique EPFO has deferred implementation of its order mandating submitting of PF returns with Aadhaar-verified common account numbers (UAN) until December 31, 2021, for all seven states within the northeast and for sure class of industries like constructing & building and plantations.
This may give extra time to employers to hyperlink their workers Aadhaar quantity with PF accounts or UAN within the northeastern states and sure industries having much less penetration of Aadhaar in UANs.
Earlier, the Workers’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) had prolonged the deadline for Aadhaar seeding with UANs for all subscribers to September 1, 2021 from June 1, 2021.
That is the second extension of the deadline, although for a area and sure industries.
An EPFO workplace order circulated final week confirmed that the date of implementation for submitting ECR (digital challan cum receipt or PF return) with Aadhaar verified UANs has been prolonged to 31 December, 2021 for administrative zone of Northeast area which includes Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura.
It additionally acknowledged that contemplating the focus of multinational in distant localities and in areas affected by insurgency, frequent change in work websites of the employees and different attendant constraints within the class of institutions – Beedi making, constructing & building, plantations industries (tea, espresso, cardamom, pepper, jute, cinchona, cashewnuts and so forth.), time for necessary seeding of Aadhaar in UAN for submitting ECR is prolonged until December 31, 2021.
It famous that general about 94 per cent of the contributing EPF members’ UANs have Aadhaar seeding however there may be much less proportion of that in EPFO’s Northeastern area and sure class of industries.
The EPFO had issued workplace order for the sector workers on June 1 saying that the ECR shall be allowed to be filed just for these members, whose Aadhaar numbers are seeded and verified with the UAN, with impact from June 1, 2021.
The EPFO had determined to make Aadhaar seeding obligatory after a labour ministry notification on this regard. A notification was issued by the labour ministry on Might 3, which mandated the ministry and our bodies working below it to hunt Aadhaar quantity from the beneficiaries below the Social Safety Code.
The Code was handed final yr by Parliament.
“… the central authorities hereby appoints the third day of Might, 2021 because the date on which the provisions of part 142 of the stated Social Safety Code shall come into power,” the notification had stated.
Part 142 offers for establishing the id of an worker or an unorganised employee or another particular person by way of Aadhaar quantity for searching for advantages and availing providers below the Code.
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