“Universal Account Number (UAN)”- will be provided by EPFO from Oct 2014

The Employees’ Provident Fund Organization (EPFO) will provide permanent account numbers to it’s’ over five crore subscribers from October, 2014.

  • EPFO is a statutory body of the Government of India under the Ministry of Labour and Employment. It administers a compulsory contributory Provident Fund Scheme, Pension Scheme and an Insurance Scheme. (Headquarters: New Delhi).

Permanent or Universal Account Number (UAN)

  • Purpose: To provide great relief to those workers in organized sector who frequently change jobs, particularly, in the construction sector.
  • Will facilitate subscribers to avoid filing Provident Fund (PF) account transfer claims on changing jobs.
  • Subscriber would not be issued new PF account number on joining new employer.
  • The UAN would be one account number which would be allotted to a subscriber for various schemes run by the EPFO for his or her entire service period with different employers.
  • The roadmap for implementing the UAN programme will be prepared by Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC).
  • Benefit: UAN will help to reduce the workload of the EPFO to a great extent as it receives over 12 lakh claims for transfer of PF account on changing of jobs by its subscribers.

 Note: The C-DAC is the premier research and development organization under the Union Ministry of Communications & Information Technology for carrying out R&D in IT, Electronics and associated areas.



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