The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India ( ICAI ) has enabled the Multipurpose Empanelment Form 2021-22 for Chartered Accountants. The Professional Development Committee (PDC) has hosted the Multipurpose Empanelment Form (MEF) for the year 2021-22, which is available at https://meficai.org/. This year ICAI has made the MEF application simpler and more user-friendly.
The data pertaining to members and firms will be auto-populated from the SSP Database. All data appearing in the green fields are un-editable and members should ensure the correctness of the data. In case of any mismatch in the data of the green fields, kindly modify the same at the SSP Portal and indicate such changes in the comment box given against green fields in the MEF Application. The ICAI has advised the members to doubly cross-check and verify the authenticity of the data thereat.
a) OTP based Validation of Declaration
For this year also the declaration for the MEF Application will be sought from the member/ partners/ proprietor through validation of One Time Password (OTP) instead of scanned/digital signatures as was done in the past. In the case of Partnership firms, all the continuing partners must validate the declaration through OTP, else the MEF application will not be treated as submitted. In case all the continuing partners are not able to validate as any partner has retired/left or any other reason, such reason be informed, and the remaining partner may validate the OTP.
OTP will be sent to the Email-id and Mobile Number as registered in SSP of ICAI. Any modification required in email or mobile number has to be done in SSP only. No such changes would be allowed in MEF. Any such change will be reflected in MEF on a real-time basis through the Refresh Button in MEF
b) Common Partners
The information of association of the partner/proprietor/member elsewhere will be shared immediately to the applicant on logging into the MEF. The firms with common partners who will withdraw from Bank Branch Auditors’ Panel (for making one firm eligible for Bank Branch Auditors’ Panel) will be considered for other Panels. It may be noted that change in any data in MEF will only be considered if it is updated and reflected in SSP of ICAI at the link http://eservices.icai.org
c) Category / Ineligibility of Application
The category will be informed to the applicant on the submission of the Declaration validated through OTP by the continuing Partners / Proprietor / Member practicing in his individual name. Further, in case of the applicant is ineligible for Bank Branch Auditors’ Panel, the reason, therefore, would be exhibited in the acknowledgment after submission of the Declaration.
d) Material Mismatch in Information Submitted
The attention of the members is invited that we have been noting material mismatches in the information submitted during the MEF filing and the same will be viewed seriously. In case the same is not found in the order it shall be reported for further action. As in the past, cases selected at random for scrutiny will also be required to submit their supporting documents for verification by the office.
It is suggested that applicants may first go through the “Advisory” for Filling Multipurpose Empanelment Form 2021-22 and for any further query/clarification, please lodge your complaint online on the MEF portal. If the same is not resolved within 5 working days, members can write at email@example.com or call at the below mentioned mobile numbers between 3 PM to 5 PM on all working days by quoting Complaint Number.