New Delhi, Mar 2: The Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) on Thursday came with clarification that obtaining of Aadhaar should be mandatory for the time being only for final settlement of Pension and not in withdrawal cases. The EPFO had extended the date of submission of Aadhaar Number authentication by the members of Employees’ Pension Scheme 1995 upto March 31, 2017.

The EPFO’s clarification came after some news reports suggested that Aadhaar is not required in settlement of pension claims. The EPFO, which comes under the Labour Ministry, reiterated that the requirement of submitting Aadhaar is not insisted for the time being only in withdrawal benefit cases under Employees’ Pension Scheme, 1995. Furnishing of Aadhaar is still mandatory for final settlement of pension and scheme certificate cases, clarified the retirement fund body.

The EPFO on Tuesday allowed full and final withdrawal of funds by the subscribers from their pension account without providing Aadhaar number. “The requirement of submitting Aadhaar number under Form 10C claims led to issues in settlement of withdrawal cases. Thus, it is decided that obtaining Aadhaar should be mandatory for the time being only for pension (fixation under 10D Form) and not in withdrawal cases (under Form 10C),” an official was quoted as saying.