In an important reminder for the PF subscribers, linking of Aadhaar card with PF account till September 1, if failing to do which will mean that EPF benefits may be curtailed for you.

 

Employees' Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) had couple of months ago deferred its order on linking of Aadhaar card with PF account till September 1, 2021. 

 

Speaking about the new rule and what it entails, Vaibhav Bhardwaj, Partner, IndusLaw, told a leading news site, "The Ministry of Labour and Employment, Government of India brought Section 142 of the Code on Social Security, 2020 into effect from May 03, 2021, whereby an employee or any other beneficiary in order to obtain any benefit under the Social Security Code, is required to establish his/her identity (or the identity of her/his family members or dependents, as the case may be) through Aadhaar number."

 

In addition to the monthly EPF contributions from employers, if your PF account is not linked to your Aadhaar, then other EPFO contributions will also be impacted starting September 1, 2021.

 

Stressing on the importance of linking Aadhaar and UAN, Bhardwaj further added, "EPFO has given employers the responsibility to make employees’ accounts Aadhaar verified. In case if the employee’s EPF account is not Aadhaar verified, it may mean that the employer’s contribution shall not be credited into the employees’ account."

 

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Saraswathi Kasturirangan, a Partner at Deloitte India said, "Linking of Aadhar with the UAN is mandatory. Effective September 1, 2021, employers will not be able to remit PF for cases where such linking is not done. Employers need to use this extended time to make sure that suitable communication is sent to employees advising them of the consequences of non-linking, and provide guidance on how the linking can be completed."

 

 

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