The Aadhaar number will be treated as provident fund number for coal mine workers in the country, an official said on Friday.

It was decided at a meeting attended by Directors (personnel) of all subsidiaries of Coal India Limited (CIL), Coal Mines Provident Fund Organisation (CMPFO) Commissioner B.K. Panda and heads of regional offices of CMPFO in coastal town Puri on Friday.

"Aadhaar number would be treated as Coal Mines Provident Fund number in future. We have targeted to execute it from December 25, 2016," said L.N. Mishra, Director (personnel) of Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd (MCL).

He said it would benefit all employees, especially the contractual workers, who have been engaged under several contractors. He said any employee can access the CMPFO website through his or her Aadhaar number and get details of PF, pension and status of application and address all queries.

The collection of master data from live members and contract workers would be completed soon.

CMPFO is also planning to provide status of claim, PF balance, pension payment through SMS services from December 25, the Good Governance Day.