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Date for mandatory E-seeding of Aadhaar number along with the Universal Account Number generated under the EPF Act extended till 30th November 2021 by Delhi High Court

September 21, 2021

The Hon’ble Delhi High Court, while extending the date for mandatory E-Seeding of Aadhar number with UAN has issued the following interim directions”

 

Subject to adjudication of the legal issues which have been raised in this petition, the following interim directions are issued:

a) Insofar as the employees qua whom Aadhaar numbers have already been provided to the EPFO are concerned, the provident fund shall be permitted to be deposited by the employers without awaiting verification from the Unique Identification Authority of India. The process of verification shall however continue;

 

b) Insofar as those persons for whom the Aadhaar number seeding is yet to take place are concerned, the date for completing the seeding and verification shall stand extended till 30th November, 2021. In the meantime, employers shall be permitted to deposit the provident funds in respect of employees for whom seeding has not taken place and no coercive measures shall be taken against them for non-seeding of Aadhaar numbers with UANs. During this period, the EPFO would appoint a Grievance Redressal Officer who can be contacted by the Petitioner’s members or any other employer, to ensure that the deposits are not delayed and are made in a timely manner, in terms of the provisions of the Act and the Scheme.

 

c) Insofar as the difficulties which were faced by the employers during the period from 1st June, 2021 to 15th June, 2021 during which period the software was amended, are concerned, no coercive measures shall be taken against the employers for the time being in respect of such belated payments until final decision in the present writ petition.

 

Kindly refer to the judgment

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