If you are a spouse or nominee waiting to get EPF money due to death of the provident fund member, your waiting period will not be too long anymore. With Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, expressing concern over delay in settlement of provident fund claims in case of death claims, the Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) has set a 7-day deadline to clear all such claims lodged by a legal claimant.
Prime Minister Modi had expressed his disappointment over delay over settling death claims at the recent PRAGATI review meeting held on October 26. PRAGATI or Pro-Active Governance And Timely Implementation, is a platform is aimed at addressing common man’s grievances, and simultaneously monitoring and reviewing programmes and projects of the central and state governments.
A communication setting the 7-day deadline has been sent out by the Central Provident Fund Commissioner (CPFC), V P Joy to EPFO offices on October 28. Pointing out the Prime Minister’s concern, Joy has instructed his officers “to ensure that all death case claims submitted by spouse/nominees/legal heir of EPF members be invariably settled within a period of 7 days from the date of submission of claims form in concerned field office where the deceased members account are being maintained.”
The CPFC has said that in case of pension claims, where PPO (pension payment order) is to be issued from offices other than where the account of the deceased member is being maintained, the total period taken for settlement of such claims should also not exceed 7 days. “It will be joint responsibility of officers in charge of both the concerned offices to issue PPO within 7 days,” Joy has directed.
He has asked PRO and officials of the Facilitation Centre should scrutinise the claim forms received in respect of death cases and guide the claimants for submission of all required documents in one attempt only. “For this purpose one official may be trained at the Facilitation Centre and deputed to look after death case claims with proper display in this regard made on the seat/counter ‘Please contact for death cases” in Hindi, regional language and English. All death claims case must invariably be stamped as ‘Death case – top priority’,” the CPFC’s communication has said.