Over 50 million PF subscribers can now access their accounts online as retirement fund body EPFO launched its e-passbook service on Friday.
Active subscribers whose electronic challan-cum-return is already uploaded, can download their e-passbook every month under the service launched by the EPFO's Central Provident Fund Commissioner R C Mishra.
The facility shall be available on www.epfindia.gov.in. In the case of members who are not active (left service) and have not settled their account or have not become inoperative, the facility to download the passbook on request basis shall be available, EPFO said.
Any member of Employees' Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) can register on the member portal by using his or her photo identification number, such as PAN, Aadhaar, National Population Registry, driving licence, passport, voter ID, ration card and use the mobile number as password.
Members can add multiple ID (identification) numbers after registration and can use any one for logging into their account. Once registered, a member can download the passbook by entering his or her account number. If available, the passbook will appear for download.
The e-Passbook shall contain the transaction-wise details of the member's account (all credits and debits) since the month for which the details for the establishment have been processed in new application software at the field offices.
The facility, however, will not be available for members under exempted establishments under the EPF Scheme 1952 (as the fund details are maintained by the Trust) and inoperative members (i.e. in accounts where no contribution has been received in the preceding 36 months).
Under the e-Passbook service, only one registration will be allowed against one mobile number, and a member can download the passbook for only one account number under one establishment.
A senior EPFO official told that the exempted PF trust regulated by the body, would also be asked to provide this service to their members.