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Aadhaar details not needed for PF transactions: Centre

Submission of Aadhaar card details by subscribers is not mandatory for any provident fund transaction, Parliament was informed on Monday.

"No Madam," Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya said in written reply to Lok Sabha on a query whether the Employees' Provident Fund Organisation has made it mandatory to submit Aadhaar Card details of employees for any PF transition.

The minister said that Aadhaar card is issued to resident of India. The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has adopted multi-registrar model for enrolments.

Under the model, various non-government agencies such as banks, which, in the normal course of implementations of their operations interact with residents, are appointed as Registrar to enrol the residents.

The registrar enrols residents by deploying enrolment agencies. UIDAI has generated over 71 crore Aadhaar numbers so far.

Retirement fund body EPFO has recently decided to become a registrar of the UIDAI to facilitate enrolment of its subscribers who don’t have Aadhaar numbers. EPFO wants to seed over 4.2 crore portable Universal PF Account Numbers issued by it, with the Aadhaar number of subscribers.

Certain facilities like online settlement of PF withdrawal claims can be provided to all those members whose PF accounts are seeded with Aadhaar number as biometric details would help to facilitate the big financial transactions.

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