PM Modi urges labour ministry to ensure retirement and death claims are settled without delay
It also said that the payment of statutory contributions henceforth will be made only through internet banking.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the PRAGATI review meeting held on Oct 26 desired that claims related to death cases be prioritized and expedited and retirement claims may be settled on the day of retirement.
In accordance, the ministry said that the processes have been reviewed and instructions issued to field offices to settle death claims within a period of seven days from the date of receipt of proposal and retirement claims on the day of retirement.
The officials in the facilitation centre of field offices have been instructed to scrutinize the claims and guide the claimant regarding submission of required documents in an appropriate manner.
An official has been posted in the facilitation centers of EPFO this category of claims, said the ministry in its release.
Employers are now increasingly using internet banking to deposit statutory EPF dues since EPFO made it mandatory to use internet banking as the mode of receipt of EPF dues. In Oct 2016, 96.03% contributions were received online.
In an important judgment delivered by the High Court of Madras in the matter of writ petition filed by Builders Association of India, Madurai, the High Court dismissed the petition praying non enforcement of EPF & MP Act, 1952 every employee employed in or in connection with the work or that factory or establishment, other than an excluded employee, who has not become a member already shall also be entitled and required to become a member of the Fund from the date of joining the factory or establishment.
To expand the reach of convenience offered to EPF members, EPFO has joined the network of Common Services Centers (CSC).
A Memorandum of understanding (MoU) has been signed between EPFO and CSC e-Governance Services India Limited (CSC SPV) on Oct 25, 2016. The MoU is initially for a period of five years.
Every year, in November, pensioners were required to submit their life certificates.
From this year onward, pensioners can submit digital life certificates via Jeevan Pramaan Patra programme through a large number of points of Presence (PoP) of CSC network in addition to those available at EPFO offices.