EPFO EDLI scheme: EPFO member gets life insurance up to Rs 7 lakh for free, but know these important rules


EPFO provides life insurance facility to all its members. Under this facility, every EPFO ​​member gets a maximum insurance cover of up to Rs 7 lakh. This insurance scheme of EPFO ​​is known as Employees Deposit Linked Insurance (EDLI). Know here the special things related to the scheme.

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Know what is EDLI scheme

EDLI scheme was started by EPFO ​​in 1976. If due to any reason an EPFO ​​member dies, it was started with the aim of providing financial help to his family. This insurance cover is given absolutely free of cost. Contribution to the EDLI scheme is made by the company.
How is the amount decided?

The insurance amount depends on the basic salary and DA of the last 12 months. The claim for insurance cover will be 35 times the last basic salary + DA. Apart from this, a bonus amount of up to Rs 1,75,000 is also paid to the claimant.

Insurance cover as long as you are employed

The EPFO ​​member is covered by the EDLI scheme only as long as he is employed. After leaving the job, his family/heirs/nominees cannot claim it. If the EPFO ​​member has been working continuously for 12 months, then after the death of the employee, the nominee will get a benefit of at least Rs 2.5 lakh.

If there is no nomination then these will be eligible

EDLI can be claimed in case of illness, accident or natural death of an employee while working. If there is no nomination under the EDLI scheme, then the coverage is considered as the spouse, unmarried daughters and minor son/sons of the deceased employee are considered beneficiaries.

How to claim

If the EPF subscriber dies untimely, his nominee or legal heir can claim for insurance cover. For this, the age of the nominee should be at least 18 years. If it is less than this, the parents can make a claim on his behalf. While making a claim, documents like death certificate, succession certificate are required. If the claim is being made on behalf of the minor’s guardian, then guardianship certificate and bank details will have to be given.

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