PF-Aadhaar combining a must this month to get EPF benefits: step by step process to link
The Indian government had issued a mandate defining the end of August as the last day to link its Aadhaar card to the universal account number (UAN). If cardholders have failed to establish the link by August 31, access to the Employee Provident Fund (EPF) will be restricted. Employers will only be able to deposit Employee Challans with Return (ECR) and deposit the money into the EPF account if the UAN is linked to Aadhaar by the deadline. If you do not do this, employees will not be able to withdraw funds from their PF accounts, nor will they be able to make contributions.
Pooja Ramchandani, partner of Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co., said: “The linking of Aadhar to the PF account has become necessary to continue the transparent functioning of the PF accounts. If this is not done, it may disrupt the contribution and withdrawal from the PF account. In fact, the new Social Security Code makes it mandatory to submit an Aadhaar number for registration even as a member or recipient of social security benefits under the Code. Employees will have uninterrupted access to FP services within the legal framework in force as well as when the Social Security Code comes into force. “
Connect Aadhaar to UAN using the Sewa portal of EPFO members
Step 1: Visit the official Sewa Member Portal site and log in.
2nd step: Once logged in, go to the ‘Manage’ menu and select the ‘KYC’ option.
Step 3: Select “Aadhaar” from the drop-down menu and add your KYC document.
Step 4: You will need to use your Aadhaar card number or Virtual Identifier (VID) to continue. Once you have entered the number as needed, you must give your consent for Aadhaar-based authentication.
Step 5: Once you’ve done that, click on the “Save” option. It will then be marked as “awaiting KYC”. It is then up to your employer to agree to the UAN being linked to Aadhaar. For the whole process to be completed successfully, it must first be accepted by your employer and then by EPFO.
How to link Aadhaar and UAN via OTP verification on e-KYC portal
Step 1: Go to the website.
2nd step: Click on the “UAN Aadhaar Link” option that appears under the “For EPFO Members” section.
Step 3: You will then need to complete the UAN, after which you will receive an OTP on your registered cell phone number. You will have to check it out.
Step 4: Once verified, enter your Aadhaar details and select Aadhaar verification mode, which can be email or OTP on mobile.
Step 5: Then the OTP will be sent to your Aadhaar registered phone number or email as applicable. You just need to check it and the linking process will be complete.
Link UAN and Aadhaar via biometric credentials on the e-KYC portal
Step 1: To start the pairing process, you must have a registered biometric device for identity verification. So, keep this handy.
2nd step: The next part requires you to visit the official website and fill in your UAN number under the option “UAN Aadhaar Link” as mentioned previously. This can be found in the section ‘For members of EPFO’.
Step 3: Once the details are completed, you will get an OTP on the mobile number linked to the UAN.
Step 4: Use the OTP and your Aadhaar number to verify and move forward.
Step 5: Use the biometric measuring device to verify yourself and that’s basically the process. After verification, your Aadhaar and UAN will be linked successfully.
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