If your UAN (Universal Account Number) and Aadhaar card are not liked then your employer will not be able to credit any money to your provident fund (PF) account from September. To implement this new rule, the Employees’ Provident Fund Organization (EPFO) recently revised Section 142 of the Code of Social Security 2020.
If you want to enjoy the benefits of your retirement fund then it is mandatory to link your Aadhaar Card with your PF account. Speaking about the new rule and what it entails, Vaibhav Bhardwaj, Partner, IndusLaw, told a leading news site, “The Ministry of Labour and Employment, Government of India brought Section 142 of the Code on Social Security, 2020 into effect from May 03, 2021.
Whereby an employee or any other beneficiary in order to obtain any benefit under the Social Security Code, is required to establish his/her identity (or the identity of her/his family members or dependents, as the case may be) through Aadhaar number.” In addition to the monthly EPF contributions from employers, if your PF account is not linked to your Aadhaar, then other EPFO contributions will also be impacted starting September 1, 2021.
Stressing on the importance of linking Aadhaar and UAN, Bhardwaj further added, “EPFO has given employers the responsibility to make employees’ accounts Aadhaar verified. In case if the employee’s EPF account is not Aadhaar verified, it may mean that the employer’s contribution shall not be credited into the employees’ account.”