EPFO Issues Standard Operating Procedure For Freezing/De-Freezing Of MID/UAN/Establishment

Posted On - 11 January, 2024 • By - King Stubb & Kasiva

The EPFO has issued a Standard Operating Procedure (“SOP”) through circular dated December 22nd,2023 bearing No.: FIA/11(22)/SOP/FreezingUAN/2022 (E-49005)/11 for time-bound freezing of MIDs/UANs/Establishments for mitigating risks of frauds, impersonation and forgery and subsequent defreezing on completion of verification of genuineness. Among others, the SOP outlines the specific procedure in respect of following aspects:

  1. Identification of cases for freezing;
  2. Executing the freezing;
  3. Intimation of freezing to the stakeholders;
  4. The duration of freezing shall not exceed 30 days from the date of freezing, except in cases where there is a confirmation of fraud;
  5. Establishing genuineness or verifying the frozen account suo-moto or on request; and
  6. Verification process of MID/UAN/establishment at different levels.