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EPFO – Standard Operating Procedure for Joint Declaration

The Employees Provident Fund Organization (EPFO) has brought about changes to the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for receiving Joint Declarations for correcting mistakes in members’ Universal Account Number (UAN) profile, and employers’ EPF Accounts, and the procedure to be followed by the Field Office.

The notification to amend the SOP was released by the EPFO vide No: SU/2022/Rationalisation of work areas/Joint Declaration/17 dated 11-04-2024.

Purpose of the Amendment

The purpose of the amendment is to describe accurately and in detail the procedures of receipt of Joint Declaration for corrections in UAN profiles by the members and employers and the procedure to be followed by the field office in making these corrections. The proposed changes to SOP will make it easier and simpler to minimize both incompleteness and mismatches.

The changes would also ease the difficulties encountered in claim settlement due to data mismatches, especially in parameters such as:

  1. Name
  2. Gender
  3. Date of Birth
  4. Father’s Name/Mother’s Name
  5. Relationship
  6. Marital status
  7. Date of Joining
  8. Reason for Leaving
  9. Date of Leaving
  10. Nationality and
  11. Aadhaar Number.

The SOP for Joint Declaration aims to streamline the process of rectifying discrepancies in member profiles, thereby reducing claim rejection and minimizing the risk of impersonation and fraud through the manipulation of UAN.

The process

The process entails a collaborative effort between the employees and the employers with due authentication by a process of Initiation, Verification, and Approval by the Field Office (FO).

1.  Initiation

As and when a member files a Joint Declaration, it gets authenticated by the Employer. The submitted documents are then verified for accuracy by the designated Verifier within the FO.

2.  Verification

The modification request and supporting documents are then cross-checked by the designated Verifier to ensure compliance with EPFO guidelines and regulations.

3.  Approval

Upon verification, the JD is forwarded to the designated Approver for approval. This could be the Regional Provident Fund Commissioners (RPFC), Additional Provident Fund Commissioners (APFC), or other authorised officers of the organization.

List of acceptable documents that can be submitted for the different parameters

Name and Gender
  1. Aadhaar (mandatory)
  2. Passport
  3. Death Certificate
  4. Birth Certificate
  5. Driving License
  6. Service photo identity card issued by Central, State, UT Govt./PSU/ Banks
  7. School Leaving Certificate (SLC) or School Transfer Certificate (TC) or SSC certificate or Mark Sheet issued by Board/ University containing name and photograph.
  8. Bank passbook having the name and Photograph cross-stamped by the Bank Official.
  9. PAN Card/e-PAN
  10. Ration/PDS Photo Card
  11. Voter ID/e-Voter ID
  12. Pensioner Photo Card/Freedom Fighter Photo Card
  13. CGHS/ECHS/Medi-Claim Card with Photo issued by State/Central Govt/PSUs/Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY) Card.
Date of Birth
  1. Birth Certificate issued by the Registrar of Births and Deaths.
  2. School Leaving Certificate (SLC) or School Transfer Certificate (TC) or SSC certificate containing Name and Date of Birth or Marksheet issued by any recognized Government Board or University.
  3. Service records certificate issued by the Central/State Government Organizations.
  4. Where proof of date of birth is not available, a Medical Certificate issued by a Civil Surgeon after medical examination of the member and supported with an affidavit on oath by the member duly authenticated by a Competent Court.
  5. Aadhaar
  6. Passport
  7. PAN Card
  8. Central/State Pension Payment order
  9. CGHS/ECHS/Medi-Claim Card issued by Central/State/UTs Govts./PSUs having Photo & Date of Birth.
  10. Domicile Certificate issued by the Government.
Father / Mother name, and Relationship
  1. Passport of Father/Mother
  2. Ration card/PDS Card
  3. CGHS or ECHS/ Medi-Claim Card with photo issued by Central/ State Govt./PSUs.
  4. Pension Card
  5. Birth Certificates issued by Municipal Corporation, and other notified local Government bodies like Taluk, Tehsil, etc.
  6. Marriage Certificate issued by the Government.
  7. Photo ID card issued for schemes like Bhamashah, Jan-Aadhaar, MGNREGA, ARMY Canteen Card, etc., by Central/ State Govt.
Marital Status
  1. Marriage Certificate issued by the government
  2. Aadhaar Card
  3. Divorce Decree
  4. Passport.
Date of Joining
  1. Employee register
  2. Attendance register
  3. Appointment letter or any other document as establishments maintain under any central or State Labour Act
  4. Letter of establishment on the letterhead duly signed by the Employer or the Authorized Signatory showing the date of joining, supported by ECR of the employee during the said period.
Reason for Leaving
  1. Resignation letter
  2. A letter from the organization on their letterhead clearly stating the reasons for leaving, supported by the ECR of the employee during the said period.
  3. Termination letter issued by the employer to the employee.
  4. Any document as the organization deems fit to establish the reason for exit of the employee duly signed by the Employer or the authorized signatory of the organization on their letterhead.
Date of Leaving
  1. Resignation letter/termination letter
  2. Experience certificate or any other document an organization maintains under any Central or State Labour Act
  3. Wage slip/salary slip/full and final letter
  4. Letter of organization on their letterhead clearly stating the date of joining and duly signed by Employer or the authorized signatory.
Nationality
  1. Copy of Passport
  2. Copy of Person of Indian Origin (PIO) card issued by the Govt. of India
  3. Long Term Visa (valid) along with a Foreign passport (valid or expired) of country of origin issued to minority communities of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh, namely Hindus, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, and Parsis.
  4. Valid Visa issud to a Foreign National along with a valid Foreign Passport.
  5. Tibetan Refugee Card (supported by one more ID)
Aadhaar
  1. Member Aadhaar card or e-Aadhaar card with details of linked active mobile phone.
Submission of Documentary Proof

All changes to parameters have been classified into Minor and Major changes and these have been detailed in Table 2 of the SOP.

All requests for Minor or Major corrections will have to be supported by documentary proof as prescribed in Annexure 1.  For Minor corrections, at least 2 documents from the list of documents mentioned in Annexure 1 for that particular parameter are required to be submitted. For Major corrections, at least 3 documents from the list of documents mentioned in Annexure 1 for that particular parameter are required to be submitted.

Frequency of Corrections

The SOP has fixed the frequency at which corrections to various parameters can be made through the Joint Declaration Form. The same is tabulated hereunder:

Sl. No. Parameters No.of times changes can be made

1.

Member Name

1

2. Gender

1

3.

Date of Birth

1

4. Father/Mother Name

1

5. Relationship

1

6. Marital Status

2

7.

Date of Joining

1

8.

Date f Leaving

1

9.

Reason for Leaving

1

10.

Nationality

1

11.

Aadhaar

1

The Procedure

The EPFO has streamlined the process of updating profile parameters by embracing digital technology thus making it accessible through the online platform. The process is simple and both the employees and employers alike can leverage the power of digital technology to submit the JD online.

Firstly, log on to the EPFO website at https://www.epfindia.gov.in/.  Then log into the Employee login using the Universal Account Number (UAN) and the Password. Employers can use their EPF credentials to log in. After logging in, click on the “Online Services” option on the portal and look for the Update or Correct EPF details, and select the Joint Declaration Form (JDF). Once the Form opens, fill in the required details accurately and ensure that all the details called for are filled in. Depending on the parameter that you are updating or changing, upload the supporting documents.

Next, submit the Form after fully verifying that the details provided by you are correct. After submission, you can track the status of the Joint Declaration Form submission through the EPFO portal and ensure that the processing is taking place and the details are fully updated.

Once the changes are approved, the member’s photo which is retrieved by the EPFO interface with UIDAI Aadhaar data will become visible in the member profile on their portal and the IT interface of various authorities.

Conclusion

Through this highly efficient and structured process, EPFO not only aims to maintain the profile integrity of the member but also hopes to minimize claim rejections and reduce the risk of impersonation and fraud. By leveraging technology through the Unified Portal Application, EPFO endeavors to enhance transparency, streamline efficiency, and usher in greater accountability in its operations. EPFO’s commitment to providing the best of technology for the benefit of employees and employers alike demonstrates a step towards a brighter and more streamlined future on social security and the management of EPF Accounts.

GetifyHR has been fully supportive of the needs of the employees and employers in handling EPF, and we have always updated ourselves immediately on all the changes brought in by EPFO from time to time. We are fully geared to handle these changes and support our clients and through them the employees in all aspects of EPF.

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