Year End Review- 2020: Ministry of Labour and Employment

Ministry of Labour and Employment has initiated major reforms in labour laws to ensure   safety, security and  health for every worker with  transparency and accountability. During the tough time of Covid-19 many e-governance measures were introduced to simplify the entire EPFO claim process and by the same time Pradhan Mantri Rojgar Protsahan Yojana (PMRPY) launched with the objective to incentivize employers for creation of new  employment  opportunities in the country.

Employee centric initiatives

  • New facilities on Unified Portal for better service delivery:- In unified portal, members can now view and download the pdf of their claim form and also record their date of exit themselves, thereby reducing dependence on employers. Facility for Aadhaar delinking of verified Aadhaar has been provided at FO interface to resolve the grievances of members whose Aadhaar was wrongly linked to incorrect UAN.
  • Special Covid-19 Advance– As part of  PMGKY scheme, under Para 68L, provision was made for a non-refundable advance from EPF account to EPF members, employed in any factory or establishment located in an area, which is declared to be affected by outbreak of epidemic or pandemic by the Appropriate Govt.
  • Auto Claim Settlement for advance applications from EPF members: EPFO has developed and deployed a mechanism for automatic settlement of claims for advance through system-based processing with minimal human intervention. 
  • EPFO ensures hassle free service delivery through UMANG during COVID-19 pandemic- The Unified Mobile Application for New-age Governance (UMANG) has been a big hit among subscribers enabling them to utilize services during COVID-19 pandemic from the comfort of their homes in hassle free manner.