Employees PF Enrollment Campaign 2017 launched; 19,114 grievance settled by EPFO during Jan. 2017
Govt. has amended PF Scheme 1952 to launch ‘Employees Enrollment Campaign, 2017’ during 1 Jan. 2017 to 31 Mar. 2017 (extended upto 30 Jun. 2017 by EPFO) to enroll eligible members who remained uncovered during 1 Apr. 2009 to 31 Dec. 2016 for any reason. Also the EPFO has prescribed Declaration Form for Employers for Enrollment of Members under the Campaign.
In January 2017, EPFO settled 19,114 grievance leaving 2,556 as pending. Out of the pending grievances, 2,206 were pending for less than seven days.
A. Salient Features of EPFO’s Employees Enrollment Campaign 2017
This campaign is meant to extend social security benefits to all the eligible but deprived workers in the country. Various financial incentives are being offered to employers to enroll their workers, like waiver of EDLI Admin Charges, besides facilitating service delivery by Aadhar seeding. Salient features of the Employees’ Enrollment Campaign are as follows:
(i) The employee’s share of contribution if declared by the employer as not deducted, shall stand waived.
(ii) The damages to be paid by the employer in respect of the employees for whom declaration has been made under this campaign shall be at the rate of Rupee 1(one) per annum.
(iii) No administrative charges shall be collected from the employer in respect of the contribution made under the declaration.
(iv) A declaration can be made under the Campaign for the period for which no inquiry under section 7A has been initiated.
(v) If the employer fails to pay within 15 days of the date of making the declaration, the dues, interest and damages payable by him in respect of the declaration made under this campaign, such declaration shall be deemed to have not been made under this campaign.
Objective of the EPFO regarding this campaign is to minimise the huge litigation based on the non-enrollment during the past periods. Therefore, the EPFO is persuading the employers to avail this opportunity and make declarations to achieve maximum compliance.
IS Division of the EPFO has developed a functionality for online declaration under the Principal Employer section of epfo portal which shall facilitate implementation of the Campaign. After declaration, the payments are to be remitted by the employer through month-wise ECRs for the entire past period of enrolments. For the month of December, 2016 also the employer shall remit contribution through a separate ECR in respect of new members declared under the Campaign. The progress of enrollment through declaration shall be watched through the dashboard available on epfo website. Therefore, you are requested to update the online declarations on day to day basis.
B. EPFO prescribes ‘Declaration Form’
Govt. has amended PF Scheme 1952 by inserting para 82A on Special Provisions for ‘Employees Enrollment Campaign, 2017’ to enroll members who were eligible for PF Scheme but were not covered during 1 Apr. 2009 to 31 Dec. 2016 for any reason. An employer, whether already covered or yet to be covered, can enroll employees who remained un-enrolled for any reason by making a declaration of such employees during the campaign period. However, the declaration can be made only in respect of employees who are alive.
The Central PF commissioner has accordingly specified the requisite ‘Declaration Form’ to be furnished by the employer, as under:
Declaration Form for Employees Enrollment Campaign 2017
Return about the employees who were required or entitled to become members of the Fund for the period beginning the 1st day of April, 2009 and ending the 31st day of December, 2016 but were not enrolled as members for any reason.
Name & Address of Factory/ Establishment:
Code No. of Factory/ Establishment:
|Sl No.||Account No.||UAN||Name of the Employee||Father’s name or Husband’s name in case of married women||Date of Birth||Sex||Date of eligibility for membership under E.P.F. Scheme, 1952||Remarks (Previous Account No. & particulars of previous service, if any)|
I hereby declare that the above mentioned employees are alive on the date of making this declaration and they were required and entitled to become members of the fund from the dates Indicated against their names but could not be enrolled as members. I further declare that Form-11 from each of the above mentioned employees has been obtained duly signed or with thumb impression by the employee.
I hereby undertake that If the employee’s contribution for any month has been deducted from the wages of any of the above mentioned employees, the same shall also be deposited by me along with Interest thereon in accordance with the provisions of Employees’ Enrollment Campaign, 2017.
I also undertake to remit the contributions, interest and damages payable In respect of the above mentioned employees in accordance with the Employees’ Enrollment Campaign, 2017.
Signature of the Employer or other authorised Official of the Factory/Establishment