The PF Department has been asking members to obtain Aadhaar number vide various circulars for the last three years now. They took a firmer step starting 1st July 2017, when the PF Department blocked submission of entries for those employees joined in July 2017 on their system if Aadhaar number is not mentioned (to view the official notification, click here).
The error (and in some cases ECR rejection) is primarily due to mismatch between details entered for UAN generation and those available in the Aadhar database. Unlike PAN-Aadhaar linking, where in case of any minor mismatch in Aadhaar name provided, Aadhaar OTP was useful in creating the linkage; the details have to be an exact match for the PF UAN-Aadhar link, else errors will result. It is hence advised that you obtain a copy of the employees’ Aadhar card and use that to enter details when creating the UAN.
Additionally, per advice* received from various experts and practitioners, it is recommended that you complete the ECR submission for at least those members where there are no errors. The PF contributions of remaining members i.e. those that joined in July 2017 and don’t have Aadhaar, can be taken up as and when they obtain Aadhaar number. Alternatively, take it up as arrears in the next month of August 2017 payable in September 2017.
* This should not be considered as legal advice, please check with a PF consultant on associated legalities, if any