The increase in digitalization and use of mobile technology has increased exponentially in the last decade. The Employee Provident Fund Organization (EPFO) has launched e-sewa services to ease out several processes by giving them access through their portable and non-portable devices (Mobiles, Computers etc.). Let’s discuss how E-sewa has benefitted EPF account holders.
EPF is better known as Employee Provident Fund, which is a savings scheme that can be easily availed by salaried persons. The EPFO is an organization formed to help the Central Board of Trustees and is governed by the ministry of Labour and Employment, Government of India. It assists the Central Board of Trustees in administering the Provident Fund Scheme, a pension scheme and Insurance scheme for the registered entities in India and every worker working in these institutions or international workers covered in the same. Its functions include enforcing the act across the country, maintenance of individual accounts, settlement of claims, investment of funds, ensuring prompt pension payment and updating records etc. EPFO has been taking several measures to ease the operation of EPF for both employee and employer by accepting IT enabled tools and techniques. Basically, it monitors, administers and provides services to both employee and employer, i.e. covered members.
EPFO introduced UAN, a 12-digit unique identity for different members. It was launched in October 24, 2014 as part of Deen Dayal Upadhyay Shramev Karyakaram. It an exceptional step taken by EPFO to simplify the process.
E-sewa is provided to all the UAN members who register on the portal under members using their UAN for availing services. This will unlock services like UAN card download, updating KYC information online, receiving EPF account Passbook linked to UAN etc.
Earlier PF was transferable under the Online Transfer Claim Portal, but with the introduction of UAN, the process of transfer is modified and shifted under the Unified Portal. This made the process easier, smooth and paperless.
Employees can withdraw PF if she/he is not employed for 60 days after resigning the previous employment. EPFO has enabled online PF withdrawal with simple procedures For UAN Aadhar linked.
It is now mandatory to make the payments of PF online. At present, EPFO has tie ups with almost 10 banks which is only going to increase for the convenience of members.
With this service the UAN members can know there KYC details, total PF balance, last contribution etc. by sending an SMS in the format EPFOHO UAN followed by first three characters of the preferred language to a number 7738299899 followed by first three characters of the language you want. For e.g.-: EPFOHO UAN ENG.
You can also give a missed call on 01122901406 to avail your PF number, age name and your PF balance.
Government of India has also released UMANG application where members can check their balance whenever they want.
The Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) has launched an online facility to apply for a certificate of coverage (CoC) required by an Indian employee going to work overseas to claim exemption from the host country’s social security.
There are certain advantages of using e-sewa for the employers:
[ Read: EPF Benefits ]
Kindly follow the steps specified to register and use the EPF e-Sewa facility as per your convenience:
An Electronic Challan /Return (ECR) is an online receipt introduced by EPFO. It is an electronic return in a plain text format which contains lines to mention the details. EPFO portal allows employers to register their respective establishments and generate user id and password. The registered members can upload their returns, which will be in a digitally signed PDF format. The output file can be downloaded from an Adrenalin product according to the format prescribed by the EPFO department.
The challan is generated through the following steps:
EPFO launched an application namely, “EPF UAN Member e-Sewa Helpdesk” compatible with android, which is easily available on Google play store. The key features of the application are as follows:
Q1. How long is the online generated challan valid for?
Q2. What happens if the employer does not register?
Q3. What if an already registered employer forgets his password?
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