Provident Fund Status Online
Employee’s working in West Bengal will be able to track their Provident Fund Status Online from November 2011.
“By November it will be online for all practical purposes,” said A.M. Raju, who is new Additional Central Provident Fund Commissioner for Bengal, Northeast and Jharkhand from this 22nd of July 2011.
To check the PF status, you will have to visit the official website of the Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO).
You would found a highlighted section saying “Know Your EPF Balance”. Click there and it will take you to a separate window. Here, you have to choose the EPF office that looks after your company’s account. This information you will get from your employer.
Once you select and submit the name of your EPF office, you shall be taken to another window where you have to provide your EPF account number, your name and mobile phone number. Finally, the details of your account will be sent as a text message to your number.
The EPFO has been offering this online tracking facility since July 1 to employees in Bangalore, Delhi and some parts of Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, and up to 1,57,138 employees have already checked their account statuses till August 4 through this facility.
The organisation has 135 district offices and 20 service centres under 78 sub-regional offices across 23 states. The remaining EPFO offices are likely to go live by the end of this financial year.
Employees those have not withdrawn their provident fund money from their previous employers will also be able to check their balance using the PF account number of the ex-employer.
However, EPFO has stopped paying interest on balances that are lying idle for three years or more.
“By March 2012, the IT platform will be further improved for filing of various returns by employers in electronic mode. Our aim is to make enrolment of new members online,” he said.
The EPFO has a facility whereby an employee who has applied for withdrawal can track the status of the claim online.
“We advise that while making a withdrawal claim the employee should mention his/her mobile number so that we can update him/her as and when the payment cheque is dispatched,” Raju said.
“If you give us your core banking account number along with the IFSC code (written on cheque leaves) of the bank branch, the payment will be made directly to the bank account through the Reserve Bank’s national electronic fund transfer route. This facility has been started six months back,” he said.
Moreover, you don’t have to wait for months to transfer your PF account while changing your job. “All transfers will be on a real time basis,” Raju said.
However, he warned that the personnel and human resource department of each establishment should seek a declaration from the quitting employee in Form 10 whether he/she is joining some other employer or not.
“The HR and personnel department of an establishment has to send the EPFO the PF withdrawal claim by an employee in Form 19 for full and final settlement certifying that the employee is not in service,” he added.
You can Download EPFO / PF Forms Here. Good Luck to all.