EPFO introduces direct allotment of UAN to citizens (prospective employees) to remove difficulties faced by employers in generating UAN for new joiners
The Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (“EPFO”), vide a notification dated 21st November 2017, has introduced direct allotment of Universal Account Number (“UAN”) to any citizen (prospective employee) at the unified portal through which such employee can generate his/her UAN on the basis of Aadhar.
- The direct allotment of UAN is introduced to help both the employer and the employees in availing hassle-free service from the EPFO.
- The EPFO has provided an open functionality at the unified portal through which any citizen (prospective employee) can generate his/her UAN based on Aadhaar.
- The UAN will be generated on the basis of the details entered by the citizen and his/her basic details fetched by the system from the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI).
- The citizen, going for an employment, can submit the generated UAN to the employer, to be linked to the member ID allotted to him/her in the establishment.
The UAN is mandatory for filing the members’ contribution to the EPFO. It must be generated before the Electronic Challan cum Receipt (ECR) filing of the member and can be generated only by the employer. But, in case of establishments with large number of new joiners in a month, problems arise in generation of UAN due to mismatch of input data with Aadhaar. Keeping in view the difficulties faced by the employers of such establishments, the EPFO has introduced this utility.
Please refer to the hyperlinked source below for further details and the process-flow for UAN allotment to citizens.