On Sunday, the Ministry of Labour & Employment notified that it will allow the use of Aadhaar as valid proof for date of birth rectification for the smooth running of online EPF (Employees' Provident Fund) services in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic, provided that the difference between the dates is not more than three years.
"In a move to extend the availability and reach of online services in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, EPFO has issued revised instructions to its field offices to facilitate PF members to rectify their date of birth in EPFO records, thus ensuring that their UAN is KYC compliant," it said in a statement.
"The date of birth recorded in 'Aadhaar' will now be accepted as valid proof of date of birth for the purpose of rectification, provided that the difference in the two dates is less than 3 years. The PF subscribers can submit the correction requests online," the Ministry added.
This change will reduce the processing time of change requests with EPFO validating the date of birth of members online.
"EPFO has instructed field offices to expedite disposal of online requests, enabling PF members in financial distress, to apply online for availing non refundable advance from their PF accumulations to tide over the COVID-19 pandemic," the Labour Ministry's statement said.