Labour Min asks EPFO to provide permanent provident fund account number soon
According to sources, the direction in this regard was given to the Employees' Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) by Labour Secretary Gauri Kumar at the February 5 meeting of the Central Board of Trustees (CBT), the apex decision making body of the organisation.
"Kumar asked EPFO's Central Provident Fund Commissioner K K Jalan to apprise the board in its next meeting about the progress over the project and to provide a timeline for completing the task," the source further said.
The next meeting, however, has not been scheduled so far.
The permanent PF account number would also help provide social security benefits to workers in sectors like construction where they change contractors and place of work frequently.
According to the 'Action Plan' handed over by the Labour Ministry, the EPFO has to put in place a system for unique employee number which would eventually make its facilities on thee lines of core banking service.
An official associated with the project said it is not difficult to provide this facility in 2014-15 as almost all 123 field offices of the EPFO are digitised and can be connected to a central server.
To provide permanent PF account numbers to subscribers, EPFO will have to set up a central server which would be connected to all of its 123 field offices.
At present, the EPFO subscribers have to