Provident Fund: EPFO promises online information. Some hope for subscribers

     Keeping track of your PF account has always been a problem. Getting the PF account settled without paying bribes was a near impossibility.

It is to the credit of Chidambaram & Indira Gandhi that govt servants could get their pensions and PPF in time.

Even now PPF accounts are not regularly updated. Millions of entries have not been made in the last few years. Posting information on line will make life easier for subscribers who wish to know the balance in their accounts.

This is a very good move by EPFO.

Track PF account online soon

Abantika Ghosh TNN

     New Delhi: Within three months, you will be able to track your provident fund account online and take it up with your regional office if it has not been updated. In the first phase of the initiative, the Employees’ Provident Fund Organization (EPFO) has already put the entire details of the status of accounts of all its 120 offices around the country on its website.

       Following the run-in with the finance ministry on the 9.5% interest rate when the ministry had insisted that accounts should be updated before calculating interest rates, a circular was issued on Wednesday asking all regional offices to complete updation of accounts till 2009-10 by June 30 and till 2008-09 by May 31.

        The list shows that there are 1.82 crore accounts that are not updated till 2008-09 and 2.42 crore accounts that are not updated till 2009-10. Rules say that PF account statement for a financial year should reach the company in question by September of the next year.

         He explained that once the system is in place, one would only need to key in the PF account number and the regional office to get the details of the account.

Andher Nagari: Bihar slipping back to old times?

Bihar MLA held for pouring petrol into youths’ rectums

In the badlands of Bihar Kidnapping for ransom was an ‘organised profession’  during Lalu Paswan days. So were blindings and murders.Rule of Law had ceased to exist.

     It was hoped that things would improve during Nitish period. They did, for some time. Now is Bihar slipping back to old times?


Alok Mishra TNN

Gopalganj: JD(U) MLA Ramsevak Singh, his brother, three bodyguards and a driver were arrested on Tuesday for allegedly assaulting four youths and pouring petrol into their rectum at Asmat Gola in Bihar’s Gopalganj district.

        Singh is an MLA of Gopalganj’s Hathua constituency. Police said Singh’s bodyguards assaulted Afroz and Tabrez, relatives of a winner of the just-concluded panchayat election. On Tuesday, the bodyguards also beat Vishal Singh and Rakesh Dubey after taking them to the MLA’s house and poured petrol into their rectum. Gopalganj district magistrate Pankaj Kumar Pal and police superintendent K S Anupam visited the victims.

      Vishal and Rakesh were rescued by a police team from the MLA’s house. ‘‘The SP and I met the Hathua MLA and heard his version,’’ Pal said. The medical report confirmed petrol was poured into their rectum, he said. An FIR was lodged against the MLA, his brother Ramashray Singh, three bodyguards and a driver.

      Villagers said the wife of the MLA’s brother contested the election for the post of mukhia, but lost. Though police were yet to probe the motive, prima facie, it appeared to be related with the panchayat election, Pal said.

        The JD(U) leadership in Patna did not defend its MLA. ‘‘Wrongdoers will not be protected even if they belong to our party,’’ JD(U) state president Vashishth Narayan Singh told TOI.