NEW DELHI: In a major relief to pensioners, the Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) has once again extended the date for providing the Aadhaar number to March 31, 2017 and has urged subscribers to the scheme and pensioners to stick to the deadline, said a senior official said on Thursday.
The retirement fund body has made it mandatory for about 50 lakh pensioners and around 4 crore subscribers to provide Aadhaar to remain the beneficiary of its social security schemes.
V P Joy, central provident fund commissioner, EPFO said, "We had given time until February 28 and now it has been extended to March 31. We are requesting everybody to furnish the Aadhaar number,"
Asked if the deadline could be extended any further, Mr Joy said the EPFO would assess the situation and decide after the expiry of the deadline.
Earlier, the EPFO had asked its over 120 field offices to provide wide publicity to the move and had written to employers to create awareness among members and pensioners about providing Aadhaar.
Joy said Aadhaar had been made mandatory to ensure that there is no fraud in disbursing pension and there is complete transparency. The retirement entity has undertaken a massive upgrade of its technology.