For employers, the EPFO has introduced the new aadhaar-backed e-sign facility for easy authentication of KYC document on its portal. Faced by several complaints from employers that they are confronting difficulties while signing documents using DSC or digital signature certificate, the retirement fund body has initiated the launch of this facility.
In a circular to the PF commissioner, "as you are aware that EPFO has provided a facility to employers for approval of KYC, PMRPY registration and establishment registration through digital signatures at Unified Portal. Use of DSC (Digital Signature Certificate) requires many client side settings such as Java installation and version control, browser setting, etc. and also some technical skills." Also it says that "These client side settings are out of control of EPFO and because of that many employers are unable to approve KYC and register under PMRPY".
How can employers use the e-sign facility?
At the unified portal, authorized signatory of the employer with registered DSC can directly activate the e-sign facility by providing his or her Aadhaar ID. Nonetheless for those authorized signatories whose DSC is not registered with the authority, they can get their e-sign facility registered at the unified portal and go for its approval by the concerned EPFO field office.
Upon completion of the registration process for e-sign facility, establishments can authenticate or verify documents upon getting one time password on their registered mobile number with the UIDAI.
The DSC facility also remains available for the signing of documents by employers.