The linking of Employee Provident Fund (EPF's) UAN with Aadhaar has been made mandatory beginning June 1, 2021 as the Section 142 of the Code of Social Security 2020 has been implemented. On its twitter handle EPFO@socialepfo, the provident fund administering body in a tweet stated that Section 142 of Code on Social Security, 2020 has been notified w.e.f 03-05-2021.
What would happen if your Aadhaar is not linked to your EPF A/c?
In the same tweet, the social security body further mentioned that EPFO has amended ECR filing protocol and from 01-06-2021 it can be filed only with respect to Aadhaar seeded UAN's.
This means that in case employee's UAN and aadhaar are not linked then the employer shall not be able to upload ECR or electronic challan-cum-return form that includes employee PF details. Consequently, the PF remittances i.e. monthly employer and employee PF contribution shall not be credited into your EPF linked bank account.
What has changed with the implementation of Code on Social Security, 2020?
As per the current regulatory framework pertaining to EPF and ESI or Employees' State Insurance, while aadhaar is not mandatory for registration as a PF subscriber, the same is needed for withdrawing funds from the PF account as well as availing the different benefits provided under ESIC. But now as the Section 142 of the Code of Social Security 2020 comes into effect, aadhaar linking is a preliminary requirement both for registration as EPF member as well as for availing its different benefits.
Now as the PF remittances that become due on June 15 could also be impacted because of the move, it shall be wise to complete the aadhaar and EPF linking process at the earliest using the following ways.
Process to verify whether your Aadhaar and EPF are linked or not
You can also verify whether or not your Aadhaar and EPF UAN are linked or not by going to this link https://iwu.epfindia.gov.in/eKYC/ and then clicking on Track eKYC .
Here you would need to enter your UAN number and Captcha and in case the seeding is already done, you would get a message saying:
Your Aadhaar details XXXX XXXX xxxx against UAN XXXX XXXX XXXX has successfully been verified.