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EPFO Introduces UAN-Aadhaar Linking Facility



Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) has introduced UAN-Aadhaar linking facility for the convenience of members using EPFO Link in UMANG Mobile App.

This is in addition to the existing web facility already available at EPFO’s website: >> Online Services >> e-KYC Portal>> Link UAN Aadhaar

The facility on e-KYC Portal has further added a new feature to link UAN with Aadhaar online using biometric credentials. Using the aforesaid facilities, EPFO members can link their UAN with Aadhaar as under:

For using this facility with UMANG APP, Member will have to provide his/her UAN. An OTP will be sent to the UAN registered Mobile Number. After OTP Verification, the member will have to provide Aadhaar details and gender information (where gender information is not available against UAN). Another OTP will be sent to Aadhaar Registered Mobile Number and/or email. After OTP verification, Aadhaar will be linked with UAN where UAN and Aadhaar details are matched.

For using this facility through E-KYC Portal, Member will have to provide his/her UAN. An OTP will be sent to the UAN registered Mobile Number.

After OTP Verification, the member will have to provide Aadhaar details, gender information (where gender information is not available against UAN) and select Aadhaar verification method (Using Mobile/email based OTP /using Biometrics).

Another OTP will be sent to Aadhaar Registered Mobile Number and/or email or Biometric will be captured using Registered Biometric Device. After verification, Aadhaar will be linked with UAN where UAN and Aadhaar details are matched.

Moving towards Digital India, EPFO has also launched e-Nomination facility for filing nomination form by the member. This functionality is available at Member Interface of EPFO Unified Portal (

Any member having activated and Aadhaar seeded UAN can avail this facility.

This functionality is independent of the employer.  After giving nomination details online, the member has to digitally sign the nomination.  Aadhaar based eSign is being used for digital signing of the nomination form.  Aadhaar based eSign is being provided to members free of cost by EPFO.

Only member’s mobile number should be linked with Aadhaar.  This functionality will also be made available on UMANG mobile app soon.

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Digital Transactions in India to Cross $1 Trillion a Year by 2025



Demonetisation and cashless drive has pushed the growth trajectory of digital payments in India significantly, and by 2025, digital transactions in the country could be worth USD 1 trillion annually, says a report.

According to a white paper by ACI Worldwide along with AGS Transact Technologies (AGSTTL), digital transactions in India could be worth USD 1 trillion annually by 2025, with four out of every five transactions being made digitally.

“The user base for digital transactions in India is currently close to 90 million, but could triple to 300 million by 2020 as new users from rural and semi-urban areas enter the market”.

“Flexible, scalable and reliable technology will be critical to the future of payments in India as the market continues to experience incredible growth,” said Manish Patel, Vice President, ACI Worldwide.

Meanwhile, with the rise in digital payments, cybersecurity costs for companies in India is also rising.

Mahesh Patel, Group Chief Technology Officer, AGS Transact Technologies said, “we understand that rapid rise in internet users nationwide is spurring an increase in digital transactions. However, the Indian market unlike many western nations is still to mature and remains threatened due to lower awareness levels”.

As per the report, Cyber attacks cost India an estimated USD 4 billion annually and could rise to USD 20 billion by 2025, with the digitisation of payments presenting new challenges for cybersecurity.

“It is necessary that the rise in digital transactions remain holistic thereby supporting growth with scalable processing platform. Also, it should be accompanied by allied precautionary measures such as cybersecurity and fraud prevention,” Patel said.

Mass adoption of e-payments and a thriving fintech scene, combined with regulatory policy, are set to propel India into a leading position in the global payments landscape, it said adding unified payments interface (UPI) transactions are a key driver of greater financial inclusion.

The white paper titled “Transactions 2025” noted that India’s smartphone user base is likely to double to 500 million by 2020 as affordable devices and data will spur safe, fraud-resistant digital transactions based on biometrics and multi-factor authorisation.

ACI Worldwide is a global provider of real-time electronic payment and banking solutions, while AGS Transact Technologies (AGSTTL), is an end-to-end payment solutions company.

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‘Citizen Services’ App Launched to Link Citizens with Police

The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) celebrated its 33rd Inception Day and released “Citizen Services” Mobile App.



The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) celebrated its 33rd Inception Day and released “Citizen Services” Mobile App.

The App is a bouquet of 9 police related services, for the citizen.  These services will provide a smooth interface between citizens and police. States/UTs upon customization can host this App on their CCTNS platform through which citizens can register police complaint, and can check the Status of their complaint.

Another feature of the App also enables a complainant to download FIR (except those categorized as “Sensitive”).

Clicking SOS button on the App automatically sends an emergency SMS to friends and family with user’s current location. Locate Police Station feature helps a citizen to locate nearby police station details and route to approach using GPS technology.

Emergency Contact List provides helpline numbers, which are useful during an emergency or regular services like Fire Brigade, Ambulance, Medical Emergency, Women Helpline, Railway Helpline and Child Helpline.

Any citizen can anonymously inform Police about any suspicious/anti-social activities using Citizen Tip feature. Using Telephone Directory feature, Citizen can view detail of any police station in a district for particular State.

Vahan Samanvay stolen vehicle Registration feature is helpful to the public, Road Transport Authorities, and Insurance agencies, to verify the status of stolen/recovered vehicles, before purchase, re-registration, claim settlement etc.

Talash/ Missing Person (Lost person Registration) a web link in the App to provide a link to NCRB website displaying missing persons/ unidentified dead bodies and unidentified persons.

The App is developed by an in-house team of NCRB and as per the compliance of MeitY directions, the Mobile App was tested & certified by CERT-In empanelled Company. The App is being released to States/UTs for utilization at field levels.

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In a Major Push, 63,000 Crore Spent on Tribal Sub Plan in Three Years



Allocation and expenditure under the Tribal Sub-Plan (TSP), now called Scheduled Tribe Component (STC) has been going up in successive years. A total of 35 various Union Ministries and departments utilised Rs. 62947.82 crore during last three years 2014-15 to 2016-17.

During 2014-2015, Rs. 19920.72 crore was spent while in 2015-2016, Rs.21216.54 crore and during 2016-2017, Rs. 21810.56 crore spent. During 2014-2015, the School Education and Literacy department has utilised Rs. 4707.15 crore which is highest amongst the various stakeholders followed by Tribal Affairs Rs 3832.20 and Rural Development Rs.3314.27.

During 2015-2016 and 2016-2017, Ministry of Tribal Affairs has spent highest amount of Rs. 4472.26 core and 4793.96 crores respectively followed by School Education and Literacy Department (4287.24 crores and 4343.98 crores respectively) in TSP.

Allocation of Business Rules (ABR) has been amended in January 2017 whereby Ministry of Tribal Affairs (MoTA) has been given mandate for monitoring of Scheduled Tribal Component (STC) funds of Central Ministries based on the framework and mechanism designed by NITI Aayog.

An online monitoring system has been put in place by the Ministry since 2017. The framework envisages monitoring of allocations for welfare of STs under the schemes, monitoring of expenditure vis-à-vis allocations, monitoring of physical performance and outcome monitoring.

Further, nodal officer has been nominated in the line Ministries / Departments for coordination and monitoring. Ministry / Department-wise performance shall be reviewed jointly by MoTA and NITI Aayog.

Implementation of Schemes under Tribal Sub Plan (TSP) is the sole responsibility of the respective Central Ministries / Departments and State Government.

This information was given by Minister of State for Tribal Affairs, Shri Jaswantsinh Bhabhor in a written reply in Lok Sabha.

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