Retirement fund manager EPFO is all set to launch a facility to provide online updated account statements on real time basis for its over five crore subscribers soon after the monsoon session of Parliament.

At present, the Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) has to provide annual PF account slips showing the account details in a financial year by September.

The new facility would enable subscribers to see their updated accounts online as well as to take out printouts to maintain their record themselves.

“We are all set to launch the facility where subscribers can track their account online on real time basis and check their updated accounts,” an official source said.

New facility

According to him, EPFO has asked Labour Minister Sis Ram Ola’s office to provide time for launching the new service. The facility is likely to be launched after the monsoon session, he said.

The facility would be available to live account holders and may not be provided to inoperative account holders. EPFO makes all those accounts inoperative where the contribution is not made for 36 months in a row.

PF slips to subscribers

As per the present practice, EPFO provides PF slips to subscribers once in a year. For instance, EPFO is supposed to provide the PF slip for 2012-13 to subscribers by September 30, 2013.

Sometimes, it takes even more time as EPFO does not provide PF slips directly to the subscribers. Instead, it hands these over to employers for distribution to workers.

A senior official said that after the launch of this service: “We may discontinue the system of issuing PF slips once in a year and ask the subscribers and employers to download it from the Web site.’’

(This article was published on August 28, 2013)
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