The Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) has issued an important notice regarding Aadhaar seeding of Universal Account Number (UAN) of EPF members for receipt of contributions through Electronic challan cum return (ECR) to facilitate withdrawals and other benefits.
In a letter, EPFO said that the representations for extension of time beyond September 1, 2021 have been considered as it was noted that overall 94 percent of contributory EPF members’ UAN have Aadhaar seeding. But there is less percentage of Aadhaar seeding in UANs of contributory members in EPFO’s administrative zone of North Eastern region and in certain class of establishments, industries such as Beedi making, building and construction and plantation.
Now therefore, considering the foregoing, it is hereby decided as under:
(a) Considering the low Aadhaar penetration in the EPFO's administrative Zone of North East Region comprising of States of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland & Tripura, time for mandatory seeding of Aadhaar in UAN for filing ECR is extended till 31.12.2021.
(b) Considering the concentration of establishments in remote localities and in areas affected by insurgency, frequent change in work sites of the workers and other attendant constraints in the Classes of establishments- Beedi making, Building and Construction and Plantation industries (Tea. Coffee, Cardamom, Pepper, Jute, Rubber, Cinchona, Cashewnuts etc.) time for mandatory seeding of Aadhaar in UAN for filing ECR is extended till 31.12.2021.
(c) For areas and industries / class of establishments other than above, delay in filing of ECRs for wage months of August, 2021 and September, 2021 only in respect of EPF members due to non-seeding of Aadhaar in the UANs should not be presumed as employer's default for levy of penal damages u/s 14B of the EPF & MP Act, 1952.
It is further directed that the Zonal Offices shall ensure that Regional Offices & District Offices facilitate and coordinate with UIDAI to organize camps for Aadhaar enrollment and corrections in Aadhaar data of EPF members to facilitate Aadhaar seeding in UANs and monitor the progress on weekly basis, EPFO circular read.
Deadline for Aadhaar linking of UAN extended till 31.12.2021 for Establishments in NORTH EAST and certain class of establishments. Please check the circular here: pic.twitter.com/x4ZSGG5cy1— EPFO (@socialepfo) September 11, 2021