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In a significant update from the Ministry of Labour & Employment, Government of India, a new directive has been issued regarding the discontinuation of Covid-19 advances under para 68L(3) of the EPF Scheme, 1952. This decision, documented in an official letter dated 12 June 2024, marks a pivotal change in the support provided to EPF members during the pandemic.


The Covid-19 pandemic brought unprecedented challenges and financial uncertainties to individuals across the globe. Recognizing the dire need for financial support, the Government of India introduced a non-refundable advance for EPF members during the first wave of the pandemic. This measure was aimed at providing immediate relief and was further extended during the second wave with effect from 31 May 2021.

Key Highlights of the Directive

1.  Reference to Previous Circular:

The recent directive refers to a Head Office circular and notification GSR.225(E) dated 27 March 2020. This earlier notification inserted Sub-Para (3) under Para 68L of the EPF Scheme, 1952, allowing EPF members to avail a non-refundable advance to mitigate financial hardships caused by the pandemic.
2. Discontinuation of Advances:
With Covid-19 no longer classified as a pandemic, the competent authority has decided to discontinue the provision of these advances with immediate effect. This decision is based on the current status of the pandemic and its impact on public health and the economy.
3. Applicability:
The discontinuation of Covid-19 advances is applicable to all exempted trusts. The directive instructs that this information be communicated promptly to all trusts within the respective jurisdictions to ensure compliance and awareness.


The discontinuation of Covid-19 advances signals a shift towards normalization as the pandemic recedes. However, it also highlights the need for EPF members to seek alternative means of financial planning and support. This change underscores the importance of staying informed about policy updates and adapting to new regulations.


As the world moves beyond the pandemic, the Government of India’s decision to discontinue Covid-19 advances for EPF members reflects a significant step towards recovery and stability. EPF members and stakeholders must remain vigilant and informed about such policy changes to navigate the post-pandemic financial landscape effectively.

For further details, EPF members are advised to refer to the official communication from the Ministry of Labour & Employment and stay connected with their respective EPF offices.

Stay tuned for more updates and insights on financial policies and their implications for EPF members. If you have any questions or need further clarification, feel free to reach out in the comments below.

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