I am now empanelled with ABSL (Aditya Birla Sun Life), Mirae Asset, Axis MF, Kotak MF and SBI MF. Which means I will be able to distribute the funds from these AMC using my ARN number. Any MF Distributor (holding an ARN) can continue to provide recommendation for any fund in direct mode. There is no need to empanel unless you want to recommend fund in regular mode (instead of direct mode). In regular mode the distributor gets a commission, in direct mode the distributor does not get any commission. A distributor may charge some fees for recommending direct mode funds.
Once you have an ARN (AMFI Registration Number) you have to empanel with AMC (Asset Management Company) to actually distribute MF.