Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Payment Of Bonus (Amendment) Rules 2016

Dear all,

As per Payment Of Bonus (Amendment) Rules 2016 under section 5  i.e.

5. Annual returns –

Every employer shall send a return in Form D to the Inspector so as to reach the said form to the Inspector within 30 days after the expiry of the time limit specified in Sec. 19 for payment of bonus.

The respective section has been omitted i,e No manual return is to be file but in my view we have to upload the same online through Shram Suvidha Portal  





Friday, September 23, 2016

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

ESIC raises wage threshold to Rs 21,000

ESIC raises wage threshold to Rs 21,000

The Employees' State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) today raised the monthly wage threshold to Rs 21,000, from the current Rs 15,000, for coverage under its health insurance scheme.

In a meeting held today, the ESIC board also decided to give an option to existing insured persons to continue membership even if their wage breaches the ceiling of Rs 21,000 per month.

At present, all those insured under the ESIC scheme lose their membership of ESIC as well as that of the insurance cover if their wage overshoots the ceiling.

"ESIC has raised the threshold wage limit from Rs 15,000 to Rs 21,000," Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya told PTI after the board meeting of ESIC here. Labour Minister is the Chairman of the ESIC Board.

Both the decisions will be implemented from October 1.
Dattatreya added that the move of raising the threshold will help bring in an additional 50 lakh members to ESIC.

At present, ESIC has 2.6 crore insured persons, which covers over 10 crore people, assuming four members of a family.

The minister also said there is a plan to increase the wage threshold for retirement fund body EPFO subscribers and it may be considered in the next meeting of the Central Board of Trustees (CBT).

At present, the wage threshold is Rs 15,000 per month for coverage under its social security scheme.

Gazzeted copy of the same will be shared very soon.


Tuesday, September 06, 2016

New District Covered ESIC (Teleangana/Rajasthan/Madhyapradesh/karnataka/Jammu Kashmir/Haryana/Bihar/Andhrapradesh)

Dear all,

ESIC have increase the coverage in various states in various districts in different dates 

details of the same is as under 

Andhrapradesh:- 9 New District covered W.E.F from 1st Sep-2016

Notification:- New Distric Covered under ESIC -Andhrapradesh 1st Sept 2016


Bihar :- 16 New District covered W.E.F from 1st Sep-2016

Notification:-New District Covered under ESIC -Bihar 1st Sept 2016


Haryana :- 1 New District covered W.E.F from 1st July-2016



Jammu & kashmir :- 8 New District covered W.E.F from 1st Aug-2016



Karnataka :- 4 New District covered W.E.F from 1st Sep-2016


MadhyaPradesh :- 22 New District covered W.E.F from 1st Sep-2016



Teleangana :- 4 New District covered W.E.F from 1st July-2016



Sunday, August 28, 2016

West Bengal Profession Tax Amendment 2016

West Bengal Salary Profession Tax has been amended from 1st Aug 2016

The New slab is as Under & respective Notification is enclosed below

Circular of P Tax WB-Aug-2016-2

Gazetted Copy



Friday, August 19, 2016

Bihar ESIC New District Covered W.E.F 1st Sep 2016

Dear all,

Pls find below is the list of district got covered in Bihar under  ESIC w.e.f from 1st Sep 2016


Thursday, August 11, 2016

Bill For Maternity Benefits Including 6 Months' Leave Passed In Rajya Sabha

A bill that proposes six months' maternity leave for all working women has been passed by the Rajya Sabha today, the second last day of the monsoon session. Tracking it closely was Maneka Gandhi, minister for women's welfare, who says it is the result of two years of hard work.
The amendments to Maternity Benefits Act has been drafted by Mrs Gandhi's Ministry for Women and Child Development, but her colleague labour minister Bandaru Dattatreya introduced the bill in the upper house.

"All through the two years while we've been pushing for this, pregnant women have mailed me asking, `Is it through yet?" the minister said. They had asked for seven months' maternity leave, but the government settled on making it compulsory for all offices in the public and private sector to give six months.

This, the minister hopes, will go a long way in fixing the problem of a shrinking woman workforce. Mrs Gandhi said it would affect about 70 per cent of the woman workforce.

"You may ask if it will dissuade companies from hiring more women but I don't think so. I think women know how to multitask,'' she said.
 
The bill was to have been introduced in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday, but then there was what government sources described as a "scheduling goof-up".

With only three days of the session left, they then decided to bring it first in the Rajya Sabha, since a bill introduced in that house does not lapse with the end of a session.

It was slotted for Wednesday in the Rajya Sabha, which then decided to put aside all work to debate the crisis in Kashmir. Many see the delay as symptomatic of how women's issues are prioritised.

31 of the 244 members in the Rajya Sabha are women. The 543 seat Lok Sabha has 61 women.

@courtesy http://www.ndtv.com/

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

New District Covered under Rajasthan

Dear All,

Pls refer to the said Notification   28 district of Rajasthan are covered under ESIC from 1st Aug 2016





New Distric covered under ESIC in Maharashtra

Dear all,

From 1st Aug 2016 20 district are covered under ESIC  the respective notification is below

Sunday, August 07, 2016

Employee’s Compensation Act – Amendment – Bill Introduced in Parliament

The Central Government has introduced Bill in parliament, on 5th Aug 2016 to amend few provisions of EC Act and the proposals are as mentioned below:-


  1. Every employer shall immediately at the time of employment of an employee, inform the employee of his rights to compensation under this Act, in writing as well as through electronic means, in English or in Hindi or in the official language of the area of employment’
  2. Penalty of non-compliance of any provision of the Act is revised to Rs.50000/- minimum to Rs.100000/- maximum;
  3. Appeal in the High Court has revised more than Rs.10000/- compensation from present Rs.300/-
  4. On the direction of High Court commissioner can withheld payment of any sum in deposit with him – This provision is omitted;

EXEMPTION UNDER SECTION 17(1)(a) OF EPF & MP ACT

Dear all,

Good News for  Exempted Establishment  

 An Internal Circular dated 5.8.2016 issued by the EPFO to its Field Functionaries states that:


  • Section 17 of the EPF & MP Act stipulates that the Appropriate Government may, by Notification in Official Gazette and subject to such conditions as may be specified in the Notification exempt whether prospectively or retrospectively from the operation of all or any provisions of the any Scheme under the Act.

  • The conditions for grant of exemption under Section 17 of the Act have been notified under Notification No. GSR 853(E) dated 29.10.2003 and the revised Guidelines have come into force w.e.f. 10.10.2003.

  • The contribution to the Exempted PF Trust would get exemption from Income Tax provided the Trust is recognised/approved by the Income Tax Authorities.

  • The Regional Provident Fund Commissioners have been insisting on the Employers to submit the recognition/approval of the Trust by the Income Tax Authorities along with the Application for Exemption.

  • The Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation have re-examined the issues and clarified that the Field Functionaries of the Department will not ask the Establishment seeking grant of exemption from the operation of the EPF Scheme, 1952 to furnish copy of Income Tax Recognition Order as  an ‘Essential Document’ to be submitted with the proposal for grant of Exemption. However, immediately after grant of exemption by the Appropriate Government, the Establishment should get recognition from the Income Tax Authorities for its  Trust.
  • Para 8 of the said circular of 2007 is omitted
Circular-2007 Exemption-2007-Circular

Circular of 2016:-Exemption Guidelines-2016

Thursday, August 04, 2016

Social Security Agreement between India & Japan for International Workers W.E.F 1st Oct 2016

Dear all,

Social Security Agreement (SSA) between India and Japan was signed in Tokyo on November 16, 2012. The Ministry of External Affairs (Investment, Technology Promotion and Energy Security Division), the competent authority for negotiating and concluding SSAs along with the Employee’s Provident Fund Organization (EPFO) has completed the formalities for the Agreement to enter into force.

Social Security Agreement (SSA) between India and Japan was signed in Tokyo on November 16, 2012. The Ministry of External Affairs (Investment, Technology Promotion and Energy Security Division), the competent authority for negotiating and concluding SSAs along with the Employee’s Provident Fund Organization (EPFO) has completed the formalities for the Agreement to enter into force. Now therefore, the Agreement on Social Security between India and Japan shall enter into force with effect from 1st October, 2016

The Implementing Arrangement under the SSA and the Administrative Arrangement for implementation of the agreement between the two countries were exchanged on 9th June 2016. Earlier today the two sides have exchanged Note Verbales in accordance with Article 28 of the Agreement notifying the completion of the respective constitutional and legal procedures required for the entry into force of the Agreement. The Article 28 also mentions that the Agreement shall enter into force on the first day of the fourth month following the date of receipt of last notification.

As on date, India has signed and operationalized similar comprehensive Social Security Agreements (SSAs) with 15 countries. They are Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Hungary, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, South Korea, Austria, and Australia. We have also signed a comprehensive SSA with Portugal, which is in the process of getting operationalized. 

In addition, we have a partial SSA with Germany, which is already operationalized. The comprehensive SSA between India and Japan when operational from 1st October 2016 will favourably impact the profitability and competitive position of Indian and Japanese companies with foreign operations in either country by reducing their cost of doing business abroad. Thousands of Indian and Japanese workers who are working in Japan and India respectively will benefit from the agreement. The SSA will also help more Japanese companies to consider India as a destination for their manufacturing investments.



Maharashtra Minimum Wages 1st July 2016 to 31st Dec 2016

Dear all,

Enclosed is the Maharashtra Minimum  Wages 1st July 2016 to 31st Dec 2016 , In the said Minimum wages revision Pls add 5% HRA( As per Maharashtra Minimum  HRA Act 1983)  if no of employee count is 50. 


Pls refer to the said attach if anything have been missed out or any correction is to be done pls suggest me.


English :- Minimum-Wages-mumbai-english-01-07-2016_Signed

Local Language :-





Monday, August 01, 2016

Inspection In regards to Security/Manpower/Facility Management

Dear all,

Pls refer to the attach circular dated 1st Aug 2016 from the Central PF Office where in all the field officer have been instructed to do the inspection of the respective establishment engaged in Security/Manpower/Facility Management. This is in regards to various complaints & grievance received regarding under reporting of employees contribution under the said act in respect of such establishment.

Pls refer to the respective screen shot where in EPFO had asked all the employer to upload the said information of Security/Manpower/Facility Management


As many employers have not completed the required process and due to lot of grievance has been received  in regards no coverage of employees under EPF 


A Special Inspection Proforma has been designed for the same 

I would request all the Principal employer to upload the said details of the contractor (Security/Manpower/Facility Management) to avoid such inspection

Further also check with monthly EPF Challan where in all employees have been covered under the EPF act ,pls collect the ECR Copies/UAN Number/EPF Nos/activation of UAN etc whether all this activities have been full filled by the contractor.

  

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Amendment in Employees Pension Scheme 1995

Dear all,

There is an  Amendment in Employees Pension Scheme 1995 where in the Provision of Orphan Pension which was earlier up to age 25 years has been increase  beyond age of 25 years in case if such Orphan is suffering from disorder of mind or is Physically crippled or disable 

Notification:- Pension_GazetteNotification_GSR387(E)_8314

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Special Instruction on Implementation of Aadhaar based authentication

Dear all,

With reference to the above captioned subject and refer to my earlier blog in regards to Implementation of Aadhaar based authentication  for ESIC Benefits where in various circular were issued vide dated 15/01/2016,16/03/2016,22/03/2016 & 12/04/2016 where in i would like to draw your attention that once the Aadhaar number is updated in the insured person card the temporary card will be E-pechan card but the Aadhaar number will show as unverified.
In this regard the E-pechan card is valid for 30 days either Aadhaar cards is verified or unverified he can avail benefits in all ESIC dispensary/Hospitals/& branch offices. 

Aadhaar is an alternate pechan for identification of IP and his family the respective verification of Aadhaar card will be do by the ESIC dept through UIDAI

Special Instruction have been given to all ESIC panel doctors/Dispensary/hospitals & branch office that there should be no denial of benefits in regards to the above.

Circular for your reference :-ESIC Circular on AAdhaar-Special Instruction

Monday, June 20, 2016

Esi (Central) Amendment Rules 2016 - Daily Wages increase from Rs 100 to Rs 137

Dear All,

Pls find enclosed is the ESI (Central) Amendment Rules 2016 in regards to daily Wages which has been increased from Rs  100/- per day to Rs 137/- per day the effective date of the same is 14th June 2016

ESI (Central) Amendment Rules 2016

Friday, May 27, 2016

Employee Deposit Link Insurance Scheme Amendment 2016

The Government of India has finally implemented the decision of increasing the maximum sum limit assured under insurance scheme of retirement fund body Employee Provident Fund Organisation, popularly termed as EPFO, to 6 lakh rupees. This would almost double the maximum sum for its 4 crore subscribers.
The decision was, however, taken long back in September by the apex decision-making body Central Board of Trustees (CBT) of EPFO. The decision was to increase the benefits from 3.6 lakh rupees to 6 lakh rupees under the Employees’ Deposit Linked Insurance (EDLI). But the decision was not enforced by the Labour Ministry of India, as the decision was stuck with the Indian Lay Ministry for getting an approval.
Necessary Gazetted copy click below

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Grant of exemption to all retail enterprises from sections 7 ,9, 12, 23, 31 and 37 of the Act to keep open every day of the year for a period of Five(5) years


In the G.O 1ST read above , the Industries and Commerce (P&I) Department
have issued orders on Andhra Pradesh retail trade policy 2015-20, focusing
simplification of labour laws & processes, skill development support and single desk clearances, so as to stimulate growth in the Retail Sector for a period of 5 years from the date of notification.


Synopsis of the Said Exemption :-
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  • Working hours of the employees shall be a maximum of 8 hours per day and not more than 48 hours in a week. Manpower deployment details shall be added to the application for registration by the employer, which is now online under the Integrated Registration Act, 2015


  • Record of overtime shall be maintained in wages register separately in respect of the employees who worked beyond normal working hours and wages for overtime shall be paid to all eligible employees at twice the ordinary rate of wages.

  • The employees working on a national, festival or other holiday shall be given a compensatory holiday with wages at twice the ordinary rate of wages for work on a holiday. Compensatory holiday to such employees shall be given within thirty days from the date of holiday.

  • Employment of women shall be permitted in all shifts, subject to the enterprises ensuring safe and secure working environment and secure conveyance from workplace to place of residence. The employer shall be solely responsible for ensuring the above till women employees reach respective place of residence.
  • Retail enterprises are allowed to offer part-time employment subject to the working hours for part time employees being expressly specified. Minimum per hour wage rate shall be proportionately determined in accordance with minimum monthly wage rate specified under Minimum Wages Act. Retail unit cannot engage more than 25% of its employees as part time employees. This would be subject to the enterprises strictly adhering to laws regarding child labour and other similar applicable laws.
Pls click the below link for the above said Notification


Monday, May 23, 2016

Daman Minimum Wages 2016



In addition to the Basic Pay fixed by the Administration of Daman & Diu in respect of all the scheduled employments under the Minimum Wages Act, 1948 vide notification No.LE/LI/DMN/MWA-3(II)/2015-16/81 dated 29.05.2015, the daily rate of Variable Dearness Allowance (VDA) payable on the cost of living index number is increased at the rate of L 9.50/- with effect from 01.04.2016.

Detail circular is enclosed below pls click the link below

Daman Minimum wages 2016

Friday, May 20, 2016

Amendment in TDS Rates & Threshold limit wef 01.06.2016

Under the scheme of deduction of tax at source as provided in the Act, every person responsible for payment of any specified sum to any person is required to deduct tax at source at the prescribed rate and deposit it with the Central Government within specified time. However, no deduction is required to be made if the payments do not exceed prescribed threshold limit.

In order to rationalise the rates and base for TDS provisions, the existing threshold limit for deduction of tax at source and the rates of deduction of tax at source are proposed to be revised as mentioned in table 3 and table 4 respectively.

Table 3: Increase in threshold limit of deduction of tax at source on various payments mentioned in the relevant sections of the Act -  

Section 192A is referred by the EPF dept while calculating the tax at the time of EPF withdrawal in regards to such employee who have not having Pan card & not submitted form No 15-G  also there are some state where in minimum wages are low & the contribution is deducted & the amount of  is less then 50000 where in service is less then 2 years or three years  it is good news for EPF subscriber 
Present SectionHeadsExisting Threshold
Limit (Rs.)
Proposed Threshold Limit
(Rs.)
192APayment of accumulated balance due to an employee30,00050,000
194BBWinnings from Horse Race5,00010,000
194CPayments to ContractorsAggregate annual limit of 75,000Aggregate annual limit of 1,00,000
194LAPayment of Compensation on acquisition of certain Immovable Property2,00,0002,50,000
194DInsurance commission20,00015,000
194GCommission on sale of lottery tickets1,00015,000
194HCommission or brokerage5,00015,000
Table-4 : Revision in rates of deduction of tax at source on various payments mentioned in the relevant sections of the Act:
Present SectionHeadsExisting Rate
of TDS (%)
Proposed Rate of
TDS (%)
194DAPayment in respect of Life Insurance Policy2%1%
194EEPayments in respect of NSS Deposits20%10%
194DInsurance commissionRate in force (10%)5%
194GCommission on sale of lottery tickets10%5%
194HCommission or brokerage10%5%
The following provisions which are not in operation are proposed to be omitted as detailed in Table 5.
Table 5: Certain non-operational provisions to be omitted
Present SectionHeadsProposal
194KIncome in respect of UnitsTo be omitted w.e.f 01 .06.2016
194LPayment of Compensation on acquisition of Capital AssetTo be omitted w.e.f 01 .06.2016
These amendments will take effect from 1st June, 2016.

@courtesy http://taxguru.in/income-tax/
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Saturday, May 14, 2016

New PF Facility Launched For Easy Balance Transfer: Your 10-Point Guide

Many employees forget to transfer the balance from their previous provident fund (PF) accounts when they change jobs. Some of them even withdraw the money from PF account. Since PF is meant for one's retirement years, financial experts suggest that the accumulated savings should not be withdrawn during one's working years. To encourage employees consolidate multiple accounts, Employees' Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) has launched a special drive called "One Employee-One EPF Account"




http://oeoea.epfoservices.com/UANDEDUP/


Here re is a 10-point Step :

  1. EPFO has set up a special portal for the "One Employee-One EPF Account" drive. Under this drive EPFO will actively help those who want to transfer the balance from their past PF accounts to current PF account which is linked to universal account number (UAN).  
  2. You need to enter your activated UAN along with your current UAN-linked PF number and mobile number registered with the EPFO.
  3. Both your UAN and PF number is mentioned on your salary slip. If your UAN is already activated, you will be directed to the next page after you enter One-Time-Password (OTP) that you will receive on filling up the details
  4. Then you will be asked to enter the details of your past PF numbers that you want to be transferred to your current PF account. Up to 10 past PF numbers can be added under this facility.
  5. The numbers provided by you are sent to EPFO offices in which your past PF money was deposited. The offices will in turn get in touch with the employers. After the employer verifies the PF claim, the transfer will be done.
  6. The EPFO regional office will get in touch with you in case you face any problem after filing PF balance transfer request. 
  7. Although the facility to transfer PF balance online existed earlier, it could be used if the details of the previous PF accounts are available in the EPFO database and the employers have digital signatures.
  8. The retirement fund body has been advising subscribers to link all their PF account numbers with the Universal Account Number (UAN). With the enactment of the Aadhaar Act, 2016, EPFO is seeking to make Aadhaar the primary identifier for consolidating PF accounts.
  9. The UAN was launched in October 2014 to enable members have continuity in their PF membership on change in jobs. The UAN remains portable throughout the lifetime of an employee. All active subscribers have been allotted a UAN which needs to be linked to AAdhar, PAN and bank account.
  10. Employee contributes 12 per cent of basic salary to PF. The employer too has to contribute the same amount towards Employees' Provident Fund as its share.

 @Courtesy http://profit.ndtv.com/

Thursday, May 12, 2016

The Government of India amends Employees’ Pension Scheme allowing members to contribute till 60 years of age

Key amendments in the notification
Under the EPS, a new provision under sub-paragraph (7B) of paragraph 12 has been inserted enabling the following benefits:

a) Contributions allowed after the age of 58 years but not beyond 60 years

 A member may opt to continue contributions under EPS till the age of 60 years if the employment is continued. Earlier the contribution was stopped at the age of 58 years.

b) Option to defer the age of drawing pension
An eligible member may also opt to defer the date of drawing the pension benefit beyond 58 years but not beyond 60 years of age. In such case, the amount of pension will be increased at the rate of 4 per cent for every completed year after the age of 58 years but not beyond 60 years of age.

c) Entitlement of pension in the event of death of a member

In the event of the death of a member, who opted for deferring the age of drawing the pension, the family of the member would be entitled to pension from the date following the date of death of the member as if the member monthly pension had started on the date of death of the member..

New changes in the EPS can help members draw higher pensions by way of deferment of pension and/or by contributing to the EPS till the age of 60 years. This move by the government can help improve the pension adequacy for EPS members. This is a voluntary provision that can be availed by EPS members at their own option. Further guidelines are expected from Employees’ Provident
Fund Organisation to implement the new changes in EPS.

Pls click below for necessary notification



@courtesy KPMG

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Epfo Launches a Special Drive :Mission Consolidation”One Employee-One Account” on May Day

A Software also Launched for Centralized Processing to Transfer and Consolidate Accounts with Ease

EPFO Greets the Human Engines of Nation - Our Labour Force on International Labour Day

Greeting workers on International Workers Day with the.
ShBandaru Dattatreya, the Union Minister for Labour & Employment (Independent Charge) launched a special Mission consolidation drive “One Employee-One EPF Account” for members of the EPFO.  
ShBandaru Dattatreya, on the occasion stated that in the recent past, EPFO has taken several IT based initiatives to provide convenient and efficient services to its stakeholders. The initiative of launching the Mission consolidation “One Member One EPF Account” is a step towards encouraging EPF members to access enhanced IT enabled services through UAN accounts that are linked with Aadhaar.
ShDattatreya also informed this drive, would result in EPF members having just one EPF account and multiple conveniences. The Universal Account Number that is Aadhar seeded will consolidate multiple past service accounts, across various spells of employment during working life of an EPF member.
ShShankar Aggarwal, Secretary (Labour & Employment) elaborated that the EPF member would be requested to provide all his earlier EPF accounts along with his UAN linked account, Member ID and registered Mobile Number. And EPFO would facilitate the transfer of all these accounts into his present account. Instructions have been issued to establishments that in case any new employee joins an establishment, they may furnish, UAN, if any, allotted to the member earlier, or declare that s/he is becoming a PF member for the first time.
Dr. V.P. Joy, Central Provident Fund Commissioner added that the success of this drive would reduce not only the burden of members but would also result in ease of work for EPF employees. Similar to other IT initiatives taken by EPFO that have brought transparency and efficiency in the working of EPFO, the success of this drive would further strengthen the bond between EPFO and EPF members. By the end of April 2016, UAN has been issued to some 67716584 members
To educate workers and strengthen the cause of social security, EPFO today launches a special drive to encourage EPF members to consolidate their multiple accounts. The members whose accounts are scattered face many inconveniences such as approaching multiple employers located at multiple locations for settlement of claims. They also face the inconvenience of keeping record of multiple scheme certificates issued in the process. To know about the updated EPF balances, they need to approach multiple offices. With consolidation, a member can have complete control of his EPF account apart from accessing variety of IT enabled services such as email/sms alerts, access to e-pass book etc.
EPFO has been advising members to link all their PF account numbers with the UAN and to also seed KYC data against their UAN number. Aadhaar has been uploaded against 1.30 crore UAN, out of which 1.03 crore Aadhaar have been digitally authenticated by the establishments. The establishments are advised to upload and then digitally authenticate the KYC information. KYC primarily means Aadhaar, PAN and Bank Account. With the enactment of Aadhaar Act, 2016 (26thMarch 2016), EPFO is now seeking to make Aadhaar, the primary identifier. Members having Aadhaarseeded UAN, saves the inconvenience of claims forms attestation by the employers.
Explaining the benefits of integration of members’ multiple PF accounts Dr. Joy said that consolidated accounts enable continuance of lifelong PF membership, and allow PF, pension and insurance benefits on combined service. Today, large number of members are unaware of Pension benefits that can come through consolidation, defeating the very soul of the EPF legislation. EPFO therefore seeks to encourage members to continue their PF membership by offering increasingly better services and ease of convenience. Larger aim is to help members to upgrade their quantum and variety of benefits being offered by EPFO.
In order to boost the process of seeding the Universal Account Number (UAN) with KYC, an “Incentive Scheme” has been launched for the employers. Under this scheme a claim refund of upto10% of administrative charges payable to EPFO can be claimed upon completing specified tasks (furnishing member information and digitally authenticated KYC details).    The Scheme shall be in operation for one year, beginning 1st January 2016 to 31st December, 2016
This drive will run for one year.  During this drive following actions will be taken by EPFO:
·                     Run a Publicity campaign at regular intervals in Print, electronic and digital media
·                    A software has been launched today for centralized processing that will transfer and consolidate accounts  with ease.
Features of the software are:
·                A member has to provide his current activated UAN along with the current member ID & Mobile number registered at UAN Member portal.

·                On validating these credentials, EPFO will facilitate the member to       register his/her as many as 10 earlier EPF accounts.

·                The earlier PF member IDs provided by members will be forwarded to EPFO field office to which earlier member ID pertains. The information provided to field offices will also include current member ID & Mobile number of the member, so that the members can be contacted and facilitated to consolidate his previous EPF Accounts to the Current EPF Account.

·                 Wide publicity will be given to make use of “Inoperative Help Desk” that helps an EPF member to integrate/ settle such accounts.
·                     An electronic de-duplication process to be carried out by EPFO.
·                     “EPFO-E-samkisha” software that is launched to be used for         monitoring and implementation of the programme.
Features of E samiksha software are:
·         EPFO e-Samiksha is a real time, online system for follow-up action on the decisions taken.
·         The follow up action will be required to be updated by the offices continuously and the status can be viewed centrally.
·         Business divisions and the field offices can securely access the system through a log-in/password.
·         This system can also be configured to review the follow up actions in respect of other meetings, if require.
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