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garib kalyan yojana: EPFO settles 10 lakh withdrawal claims including 6 lakh COVID-19 advances in last 15 days

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The Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO), a statutory body under labour ministry claims to have settled 6.06 lakhs COVID-19 claims under Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana (PMGKY) package in just 15 working days, disbursing Rs 1954 crore.

“Despite only one-third staff being able to work due to lockdown, 90% of COVID-19 claims have been settled in 3 working days, setting new standards of service delivery through special software designed for speedy disposal,” it said on Wednesday.

Government had launched PMGKY on March 26 to help the economically weaker sections cope up with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Under this, a provision for withdrawal from the EPF Scheme to fight COVID-19 pandemic was announced following which a notification was issued introducing special para 68 L (3) in the EPF Scheme to providing for non-refundable withdrawal to the extent of basic wages and DA for three months or up to 75% of the amount standing to member’s credit in the EPF account, whichever is less.

EPFO has also provided facility to file online COVID-19 advance claims, which along with other services, can also be filed on UMANG APP from mobile phones.

EPFO reiterates its commitment to serve its members during this difficult situation, and EPFO offices are functional to help them overcome this crisis, it added.

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