New Delhi: Retirement fund body Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) has relaxed the provision that requires furnishing of Universal Account Number (UAN) for settlement of claims like provident fund withdrawal for all those who left membership before 1 January 2014.
The EPFO had made it mandatory to provide UAN on claim application forms in December last year. “The decision to relax this condition of providing UAN for claim settlement was taken after considering difficulties being faced by those members who were not alloted UAN,” an official said.
“UANs were initially alloted to all those members who were subscribers during January to June 2014. This decision was taken to facilitate all those members who ceased to be in employment before January 1, 2014.”
It has been decided that claim forms may be accepted without UAN if the date of leaving/exit of the member is before 1 January 2014. Besides in exceptional cases, the officer in-charge may at his discretion based on the merit allow acceptance of claim forms without UAN.
Quoting UAN on claim forms was made mandatory with an objective of reducing chances of error. Since UAN is seeded with Aadhaar, bank account and other credentials, it helps legitimate claimants get their due without any hassle.
EPFO had started allotting UAN numbers in July 2014. It had alloted over four crore UANs to its contributing subscribers. Members can activate their UANs themselves and manage them like any other bank account online. UAN helps members get their passbook details and allows them to tag other credentials like PAN and Aadhaar. Besides, UAN remains portable during lifetime of subscribers. Thus, they are not required to apply for PF transfer claims on changing jobs.