A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between the Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) and Common Services Centers (CSC). EPFO has joined the vast network of over 2 lakh CSC to widen its reach.
The MoU is initially for a period of five years between the retirement fund body and CSC e-Governance Services India. The CSC network is one of the largest government approved online service delivery channel in the world. There are about 2 lakh CSCs in the country.
“To start with, the pensioners of Employees Pension Scheme of EPFO can submit their digital life certificates via Jeevan Pramaan Patra programme through a large number of points of Presence (PoP) of CSC networking addition to those available at EPFO offices,” EPFO said in a statement.
The pensioners living in remote areas can avoid cost and inconvenience of travelling down to the EPF offices or their banks for filing paper based life certificate.
“In near future, it is also planned to enable various other online services namely Aadhaar seeding with Universal Account Number (UAN), e KYC operated upload and update facility, UAN card related services and online claim related services,” it said.
CSC are broadband enabled rural service delivery points established by District eGovernance Societies (DeGSs), selected by the state governments, for aggregating content and offering relevant Government to Customers (G2C), Business to Customers (B2C), Business to Business (B2B) and other services.