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Linking of Aadhaar with Universal Account Number ‘not mandatory’ says BJP MP Santosh Kumar Gangwar

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On July 15, Santosh Kumar Gangwar, Minister of State for labour and employment informed the Parliament that the Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) had not made the linking of Universal Account number (UAN) to Aadhaar mandatory for crediting provident fund contributions from employees and employers into the employee’s PF account, when asked about it from Congress’ MP Hibi Eden. However, Gangwar said that seeding Aadhaar details along with PAN and bank details was being done by the EPFO for pensioners who wish to avail online services. “181 prosecution cases have been filed by the EPFO for non-submission of KYC by the establishments,” he noted. Ironically, when asked if the EPFO prevented account holders from availing “any services” if they hadn’t linked Aadhaar with UAN, Gangwar replied in negative. A petition in Madras HC argued that every employee enrolled with the…

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