The Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation has set a deadline of November 15 for employers to obtain the Universal Account Number (UAN) of employees before filing the electronic-challan-cum return (ECR). This is part of the implementation of the next version of UAN or UAN 2.0.
Implementation of UAN 2.0 requires the allotment of UAN upfront and the ECR can be filed only in case of such members where UAN has either been allotted to member or the previous UAN has been linked to his present employment.
This in effect means that all contributing members should have UAN, in the absence of which the employer would not be able to remit dues in respect of these members.
In a communication to field offices on October 27, Jag Mohan, Additional Central Provident Fund Commissioner has pointed out that under the existing process, the employer has to declare whether is is first-time employment of member to obtain his new UAN or link the UAN or previous members ID in case the new employee has a previus EPF membership. This happens after the ECR has been submitted by the employer. The system identifies the new Ids in the present ECR vis-a-vis previous ECR and pushes the same to employer portal for declaration.
The UAN program was launched by EPFO in 2014 to provide one umbrella number to members for all the employments of an EPF member. The next version of UAN would involve generation/linking of UAN of members in his various employments and its integration with next version of ECR and Pradhan Mantri Rojgar Protsahan Yojana (PMRPY) scheme