Umang app

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Pensioners would now be able to view their pension passbook on mobile phones with the help of Umang app.

 

FACTS FOR PRELIMS

Background

EPFO announced the launch of a facility to extend a special service to pensioners.  The  ‘View Pension Passbook’ service for pensioners will be available through Umang app.

The introduction of this facility is part of EPFO’s plan to go paperless by August this year and provide all services online. The Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) is already providing various e-services for its stakeholders through Umang.

 

Umang App

UMANG stands for Unified Mobile Application for New-age Governance. It was launched to promote Digital India program and to drive mobile e-governance in India. The app was developed by Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) and National e-Governance Division (NeGD).

It is a Government of India all-in-one single unified secure multi-channel multi-platform multi-lingual multi-service freeware mobile app for accessing over 1,200 central and state government services in multiple Indian languages over Android, iOS, Windows and services such as AADHAR, DigiLocker, Bharat Bill Payment System, PAN, EPFO services, PMKVY services etc.

 

EPFO

The Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO), is an Organization tasked to assist the Central Board of Trustees, a statutory body formed by the Employees’ Provident Fund and Miscellaneous Provisions Act, 1952 and is under the administrative control of the Ministry of Labour and Employment, Government of India.

EPFO assists the Central Board in administering a compulsory contributory Provident Fund Scheme, a Pension Scheme and an Insurance Scheme for the workforce engaged in the organized sector in India.

It is also the nodal agency for implementing Bilateral Social Security Agreements with other countries on a reciprocal basis. The schemes cover Indian workers as well as International workers (for countries with which bilateral agreements have been signed).

It is one of the largest social security organisations in India in terms of the number of covered beneficiaries and the volume of financial transactions undertaken.

The EPFO’s apex decision making body is the Central Board of Trustees (CBT).

 

Source-The Economic Times.