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EPF claims to be settled through UMANG mobile app soon

Nearly four crore members of retirement fund body EPFO will be settled their claims like EPF soon. The withdrawal will be made through UMANG mobile App.

“The Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) is developing online claims settlement process by receiving application online,” Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha. “The application will be integrated with Unified Mobile App for new-age governance, (UMANG) App, to receive the claims online. However, the time frame to roll out the same has not been finalized.” He added.

The EPFO receives about 1 crore applications manually to settle pensions fixation, EPF withdrawals or getting group insurance benefit by deceased. Over 110 EPFO regional offices out of 123 field formations have already been connected with the central server.

“The process of connecting all field offices with a central server is going on. We may introduce the facility for online submission of all types of applications and claims like EPF withdrawal and pension settlement by May this year.” said, EPFO Central Provident Fund Commissioner, back in February.

UMANG App: Now to Unlock Government Services through Your Mobile

The EPFO has a focused plan to settle all the claims within few hours of filing the application. Taking an example, it has plans to settle EPF withdrawal claim within three hours of filing.

Considering the scheme, the EPFO is required to settle all claims within 20 days from filing the application. The minister also declared that the EPFO had engaged the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC), Pune. The C-DAC will upgrade its technology at its three central data centers in Gurugram, Delhi, and Secunderabad.

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UMANG App: Now to Unlock Government Services through Your Mobile

Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology is coming up with an innovative project to make use of Government services in the easiest way. UMANG Mobile App is coming soon to access Government services through your mobile device. The mobile App will slate for release within four months, but only a few facilities will be available in its initial launch.

Aadhar Card, the unique identity number will be linked up to the app, providing a validation layer for all Government services. As we know most Government services will be linked to Aadhar and for that reason only we to integrate UMANG mobile app with Aadhar.

A senior official from Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology said that “The upcoming mobile app is for accessing Government services through your hand. It is a mobile gateway to State, Municipal and Central Services.

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“Instead of using multiple mobile apps for different Government services, users can download the single app UMANG and access various Government services through this unique App” the official added. Noida based Spice Connect group “Spice Digital” has signed a deal to develop the first set of apps for UMANG.

Latest update is that some 200 apps will finally be a part of this big project by 2019 December. Right now the necessary thing for “Spice Digital” is to afford support Aadhar based e-KYC, document access via Digilocker and secure payments via PayGov.

How is UMANG different from Mobile Seva?

The Government already has one mobile app called as “Mobile Seva” which hordes applications from various Government departments. Now, what are the new features in UMANG and how it is different from Mobile Seva?

President of Spice Digital, Jatinder Verma said, “UMANG App will have a separate section where the people can update their preferences, frequently used services, short-cuts, and languages and so on. It will be available for all services then date entry will be reduced.”

Meanwhile, Mobile Seva will continue to exist, the main aim of developing UMANG is to reduce the time taken for different departments. Right now most Government departments don’t have mobile apps, and for this reason, UMANG is going to tie up with those agencies to help them for a smooth workflow.

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