Retirement fund body Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) has introduced Aadhaar-based e-sign facility for employers to authenticate various documents on the PF portal. In a recent circular to PF Commissioners, FPFO said that “as you are aware that EPFO has provided a facility to employers for approval of KYC, PMRPY registration and establishment registration through digital signatures at Unified Portal. Use of DSC (Digital Signature Certificate) requires many client side settings such as Java installation and version control, browser setting, etc. and also some technical skills.”
“It has been continuously reported by employers that they are facing difficulties in signing the documents using DSC. These client side settings are out of control of EPFO and because of that many employers are unable to approve KYC and register under PMRPY,” it said.
Keeping in view the above problems, the EPFO has now introduced the free Aadhaar-based e-sign facility in addition to DSC to be used by employers. According to it, this facility is very easy to use in comparison to DSC. Authorised signatory of establishments whose DSC is already registered can directly activate their e-sign by providing Aadhaar at the Unified Portal.
However, authorised signatory whose DSC is not available at the Unified Portal can register their e-sign at the Unified Portal and get it approved from the concerned EPFO field office. Once authorized signatory is registered for e-sign, he/she can sign documents by getting OTP on the mobile registered with Aadhaar.