New Delhi: The Union government has announced that EPF (Employees’ Provident Fund) members will now only be required to submit a self-declaration for the advance in case of illness of members or dependents. Differently abled members will also et an advance on the basis of self-declaration, too. A member will no longer be required to submit any medical certificate or any other certificate or document or proforma whatsoever to avail the advances under paragraph 68-J or under paragraph 68-N of EPF Scheme 1952.
Ministry of Labour & Employment has amended Paragraph 68-J and Paragraph 68-N of Employees’ Provident Fund Scheme, 1952 and It will come into force from the date of its publication in the official Gazette. According to it, a member would only be required to submit a self-declaration, which has already been included in the composite claim form, to avail advance under the EPF Scheme in the case of illness of members or dependents and also in the case of differently abled members.
This is in continuation of initiatives taken by EPFO as part of the next phase of its e-governance reforms to make the services of EPFO available to its stakeholder in an efficient and transparent manner. An administrative order was issued on 20 February in the matter of Introduction of Composite Claim Forms (Aadhar and Non-Aadhar ) to replace existing Claim Forms No. 19, 10C & 31 and Forms No. 19 (UAN), 10C(UAN) & 31 (UAN).
EPFO has since implemented Universal Account Number (UAN) for its subscribers. It is now possible for subscribers, who have seeded their UAN with Aadhar Number and Bank account details, to submit claim forms directly to EPFO without the attestation of employers.