Update on EPF Full Pension Case : Need of 26(6) approval

Update on EPF Full Pension Case : Need of 26(6) approval

Today 23.03.2023 detailed arguments held on the need of 26(6) approval submission along with EPF Enhanced Pension Option collection. Our counsel placed that the 26(6) option can be submitted without insistence of date as per earlier judgement on WPC 13120/2015 & Connected cases where our Kerala team along with 504 applicants were direct petitioners. The Counsel from EPFO requested for a time till next Thursday so as to get seek clearance on the same by EPF Head office.

The hearing is posted for 31.03.2023

Update On EPF case wrt approval of Para 26(6)

As updated by AIGETOA earlier, the next hearing of the case filed by AIGETOA Kerala Circle Chairman Shri S Saheer & Others is listed for today (23.03.2023) at Hon’ble High Court of Kerala.

This hearing already got national importance which explore the clarification of 26(6) approval incase of those employees & employers who were already contributing to the tune of full wages to EPFO along with administrative charges from date of appointment/enrollment.

The BSNL Recruited Employees, Employees of other firms irrespective whether Executives or Non Executives, Casual or Contact Labour’s are eagerly waiting for the outcome of the same.

Let’s hope for a positive outcome.

Kerala High Court issues notice to Centre, PF Commissioner on plea against proof for higher contribution :

The Kerala High Court has issued a notice to the Union government and the Regional Provident Fund Commissioner (Pension) on a writ petition challenging the requirement to furnish proof of having paid higher provident fund contribution under para 26 (6) of the Employees Provident Fund Scheme by the employees for getting higher pension.

In a writ petition, Sh Saheer S and other 19 employees of the BSNL in Kerala contended that the High Court had held in the Sasikumar case that employees were entitled to exercise option stipulated by para 26 (6) of the EPF Scheme without being restricted by a date.

The EPFO could not exceed what has been directed by the Supreme Court and therefore the link released with regard to the option under para 26 (6) should be disabled or corrected as otherwise none of the employees/employers would be able to exercise the option under para 11 (4) of the pension scheme.

AIGETOA Online & Live Interactive Session on EPF Higher Pension on 03.02.2023 at 7.00pm

AIGETOA CTD is going to arrange an online and live interactive session on EPF Higher Pension on 03.02.2023 at 7.00 pm onwards through its YouTube channel.

The event will be conducted by Shri Manish Sood, SDE/EB CTD and Shri Saikat Das, AGM/Legal CTD.

Viewers can place their queries by putting comments in the comment box, and the same will be addressed in that session.

You are earnestly requested to inform all the BSNL employees who are EPF subscribers, irrespective of association/union affiliation.

The link in this regard is as follows,



Please SUBSCRIBE THE CHANNEL for smooth functioning. The live streaming link will be shared tomorrow in due course of time.

Instructions & Guidelines for exercising the EPF Higher Pension option

BSNL CO issued the instructions & guidelines for exercising the EPF higher pension option. As the Hon’ble Supreme Court has given timeline of 4 months for submitting the option form and in anticipation of further affirmative guidelines from EPFO, the following instructions are hereby issued :

A] For employees who have retired before 01.09.2014

1] An indicative list of BSNL recruited employees(from SAP/ERP) who have retired before 01.09.2014 is attached. The eligible employees have to visit the EPFO portal for necessary validation https://unifiedportal-mem.epfindia.govin/memberinterface/.

2] The eligible employees have to give explicit consent in the application form for adjustment from Provident Fund to Pension Fund and if any, to re deposit the amount to the pension fund.

3] The following documents are to be provided for processing of the case:

(a) Proof of Joint option under Para 26(6) of the EPF scheme duly verified by the employer; and

(b) Proof of Joint Option under the proviso to erstwhile Para 11(3) duly verified by the employer; and

(c) Proof of remittance in Provident Fund on higher wages exceeding the prevalent wage ceiling of Rs. 5000/Rs.6500; and

(d) Proof of remittance in Pension Fund on higher wages exceeding the prevalent wage ceiling of Rs. 5000/Rs.. 6500, if any; and

(e) Written refusal of APFC or any other higher authority of EPFO to such requests/remittance.

B] As regards employees who have retired after 01.09.2014 or are still working

1] In anticipation of affirmative guidelines in a manner similar to the employees retired before 01.09.2014 and in keeping with Hon’ble Supreme Court Judgment in CA nos. 8658-8659, all eligible serving employees/Retired employees are requested to submit the option for higher pension scheme in the form annexed to this letter.

2] The following points are to be noted by the employees :

(a) The option form in triplicate duly signed in original (hard copies) shall be submitted to the Payroll DDOs of the Concerned BAs.

(b) The joint option form shall be subject to acceptance by EPFO, as per rules.

(c) Every employee/ex-employee who had joined BSNL from any other organization in which he/she was member of EPS’ 1995 should provide complete details for each previous organization. These employees who had joined BSNL from any other organization in which he/she was member of EPS’ 1995 should add their service, in previous organization in current EPS number by filling Form 13.

(d) The option once accepted by EPFO is irrevocable at later date and no change of option will be entertained under any circumstances.

(e) The joint option form duly filled in every manner should be submitted by concerned employee/ex-employees latest by 10th February, 2023.

(f) These instructions are subject to directions/instructions of EPFO and/or decision of any court of law issued from time to time in this regard.

(g) The necessary Employer Declaration will follow.

(h) The Employees shall submit the joint option forms at the earliest without waiting for its availability in ESS. The same will be notified.

Click here for Joint Option Form along with the instructions/guidelines