EPFO has relaxed the condition of furnishing of Universal Account Number (UAN) for PF withdrawal claims for all those who left membership before 1 January, 2014, reports PTI.
Earlier, quoting of UAN was made mandatory with aim to reduce error.
Instances of difficulties being faced by members on account of the instructions have been brought to notice particularly in respect of memebers who had ceased to be in employment before jan 1, 2014 given the fact that UAN was not allotted only to members who were subscribers during Jan 2014 to June 2014, the press release said.
There could also be other cases and instances where insisting on the requirement of UAN with the claim form may cause undue hardship to the claimant, added further.
Now, it has been decided that claim forms may be accepted without UAN if the date of leaving/exit of the member is before January 1, 2014.
Besides in exceptional cases, the officer in-charge may at his discretion based on the merit allow acceptance of claim forms without UAN.