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EPFO’s New Facility on UMANG App

  • 29 Sep 2020
  • 4 min read

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Recently, the Employees' Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) has started a facility on the Unified Mobile Application for New-age Governance (UMANG) App which enables members of the Employees’ Pension Scheme (EPS) 1995 to apply online for Scheme Certificates.

  • EPS is a social security scheme that was launched in 1995 and is provided by EPFO.
  • It makes provisions for pensions for the employees in the organised sector aft er the retirement at the age of 58 years.

Key Points

  • Scheme Certificate:
    • It is issued to members who withdraw their Employees' Provident Fund (EPF) contribution but wish to retain their membership with EPFO, to avail pension benefits on the attainment of retirement age.
    • Members become eligible for pension only if they have been, cumulatively, a member of the EPS, 1995 for at least 10 years.
    • Upon joining a new job, Scheme Certificate ensures that previous pensionable service is added to pensionable service rendered with the new employer thereby, increasing the number of pension benefits.
    • Further, Scheme Certificate is also useful for family members to avail family pension, in case of the untimely death of the eligible member.
  • Requirements for Online Application:
    • For availing the service, an active Universal Account Number (UAN) and a mobile number registered with the EPFO is required.
  • Benefits:
    • The online application will help members avoid unnecessary hardship of physically applying for it, especially during pandemic times and will also eliminate unnecessary paperwork.
  • Role of EPFO in Current Times:
    • EPFO was already providing 16 services on the App allowing EPF subscribers to access services during Covid-19 from the comfort of their homes in a hassle-free manner.
    • By successfully bringing state-of-the-art technology to the doorstep of its subscribers, EPFO has remained to be a very popular service provider on UMANG App.
    • With India witnessing massive growth in digital connectivity through mobile phones, EPFO is making more and more services digitally accessible to members even in remotest locations through the App.


  • It is a unified, secure, multi-channel, multi-platform, multi-lingual, multi-service mobile app.
  • It is developed by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) and National e-Governance Division (NeGD) to drive mobile governance under Digital India.
  • It provides a single platform to citizens for accessing pan India e-Government services ranging from central to local government bodies and other citizen-centric services.
  • Services Provided: Filing income tax, EPFO services, Aadhar, Pension, ePathshala, e- Land Records, Crop Insurance etc.

Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation

  • It is a government organisation that manages the provident fund and pension accounts for the workforce engaged in the organized sector in India.
  • It implements the Employees’ Provident Fund and Miscellaneous Provisions Act, 1952.
    • The Act provides for the institution of provident funds for employees in factories and other establishments.
  • It is administered by the Ministry of Labour and Employment.
  • It is one of the world's largest social security organisations in terms of clientele and the volume of financial transactions undertaken.

Source: PIB

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