You can now withdraw EPF for treatment without doc certificate

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 28 Apr 2017 08:54:12


OVER four crore members of the retirement fund body EPFO can now withdraw funds from their EPF account for treatment of illness and purchasing equipment to deal with handicap without medical certificates.

The Employees’ Provident Fund Scheme 1952 is amended to do away with the requirement of submission of various certificates and proformas for seeking advance for treatment of illness and purchasing equipment required in case of physical disabilities. Now, the subscribers can seek fund withdrawal from their EPF account on various grounds by using a composite form along with a self-declaration.

“The Labour Ministry has amended the clause 68-J and 68-N of the Employees Provident Fund Scheme 1952 for enabling members to take non-refundable advances from their account for treatment of illness and buying equipment to minimise the hardship on account of handicap,” a senior official said on Thursday.

At present, the EPFO subscribers can seek advance under Para 68-J of the EPF Scheme for their and their dependents’ treatment for illness.
Besides, the physically challenged member can seek advance for purchasing equipment to deal with handicap under Para 68-N.

The official further said the Labour Ministry issued a notification with regard to the amendment on April 25, 2017.
Under the Paragraph 68-J, the members can seek advance from the fund for treatment of illness in certain cases including hospitalisation lasting for one month or more, or major surgical operation in a hospital.