In a relief to pensioners, retirement fund body, the Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO), has extended the last date of submission of digital life certificate through Jeevan Pramaan Patra by one month up to March 31, 2017 as against February 28, 2017, after many pensioners failed to submit Aadhaar authenticated Jeevan Pramaan as life certificate for continuation of drawal of pension.
Members and pensioners of the Employees’ Pension Scheme (EPS), 1995 are required to furnish Aadhaar number by March 31, 2017. “In case a member has not been allotted Aadhaar number, a copy of Aadhaar enrolment ID slip is required to be attached for settlement of claim under EPS, 1995, namely for pension processing and monthly pension payments,” EPFO said on Wednesday, adding that Aadhaar number, however, is not required in case a member of pension scheme having less than 10 years of service chooses to withdraw by making an application in Form 10-C.
Besides, EPFO would continue its Employee Enrolment Campaign-2017, started by EPFO on January 1, 2017 to cover left out workers, up to March 31, 2017. Under the Jeevan Pramaan Patra scheme the employee’s share of contributions if not deducted by the employer is waived. Besides, nominal damage of Re 1 is to be paid by the employer, in respect of the employees for whom declaration has been made under this campaign while the administrative charges have been waived.
According to EPFO statement, though the EPF & MP Act, 1952 does not differentiate between casual, contractual and regular employees, it was noted that a large number of contractual employees hired by principal employer, including those by the government departments, PSU and autonomous organisations have remained out of coverage under EPFO.
“It is the duty of the principal employer to ensure compliance of their outsourced, regular, contract, casual and daily wager to the schemes under EPF Act,” it said, adding that principal employers have been advised to ensure that their contractors are registered with EPFO before award of any contract or making any payments.