EPFO eases norms for employers, allows to register digital signatures via e-mail


New Delhi: Retirement fund physique EPFO on Wednesday allowed employers to register their digital signatures on-line by e-mail, in view of the lockdown to fight COVID-19, in accordance to a labour ministry assertion.

Currently, authorised individuals of employers have to go to the Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) places of work to get their digital signatures registered.

In the present situation of the lockdown and different disruptions, employers will not be ready to perform usually and are going through issues in utilizing their digital signatures or Aadhaar-based e-sign on EPFO portal, the assertion mentioned.

Many vital duties like KYC (Know Your Customers) attestation, switch declare attestation and so forth are being executed on-line by the licensed individuals of employers utilizing their digital signatures (DSC) or Aadhar based mostly e-sign on EPFO portal.

For utilizing DSC/e-sign, one time approval from EPFO’s regional workplace is required.

But, due to the lockdown, many employers are going through difficulties to ship the one-time registration request to the regional places of work, it mentioned.

In view of this case and to additional ease the compliance process, EPFO has determined to settle for such requests by e-mail additionally, the ministry mentioned.

An employer can ship the scanned copy of the duly signed request letter to the involved regional workplace by e-mail, it added.

Official e-mail addresses of the regional places of work can be found at?www.Epfindia.Gov.In.

Further, it mentioned such institutions, whose licensed officers have permitted digital signatures however will not be ready to find the dongle, can login to the employer portal and register their e-sign by the hyperlink for registration of already registered licensed signatories.

If their identify in opposition to the permitted digital signature is similar as that of their Aadhar, the registration of e-sign is not going to require any additional approval, it added.

Other authorised signatories can register their e-signs and ship the request letters permitted by the employers and search approval of the involved EPFO places of work, it mentioned.

This facility offers additional aid to the employers and EPF members adversely impacted by the pandemic, it added. 

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