New Delhi: Retirement fund body EPFO has decided to make all payments to its beneficiaries through electronic mode from September this year, including provident fund claims.
“The Employees' Provident Fund Organisation has decided to make 100 per cent e-payment of benefits by August 31, 2014,” a senior EPFO official told PTI.
He said at present around 93 per cent of the benefits are transferred through electronic mode. Under this facility, the benefits such as PF withdrawals are directly credited to the beneficiaries' account and no cheque or bank draft is issued.
In the present scenario, EPFO settles over one crore claims in a financial year. It has settled 1.21 crore subscriber claims, including withdrawal and transfer of provident fund, in 2013-14, an increase of 13 per cent over the previous year.
“Thus, making payment through electronic mode will not only improve the efficiency of the EPFO, but it will also reduce the unnecessary paperwork for issuing cheques to beneficiaries,” he opined.