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Employee Pension Scheme pensioners can submit life certificate without Aadhaar number: EPFO

New Delhi: The Employees' Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) has declared that the pensioners under the Employee Pension Scheme (EPS) can now submit a life certificate without the Aadhaar number. Aadhaar number is a 12-digit unique identity number.

This facility can also be availed by pensioners who have the Aadhaar but fails to authenticate with a fingerprint.

EPFO has issued guidance to all pension disbursing banks and post offices, instructing them to provide alternative devices, for pensioners facing problems in providing digital Jeevan Pramaan (an Aadhar based digital life certificate for pensioners).

The body listed out the following mechanism, for giving pension to the pensioners who cannot get and submit Jeevan Pramaan:

- Effort should be made to ensure that such pensioners are facilitated for Aadhaarenrolment. Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has already directed that banks shall set up Aadhaar enrolment centres in 1O percent of their branches. The list of the bank branches with Aadhaar enrolment facilities is available on the UIDAI's website. The bank manager may coordinate with the bank branch where the Aadhaarenrolment facility is available and get the beneficiary enrolled for Aadhaar.

- As per Aadhaar (Enrolment and Update) Regulations 2016, banks should also make special arrangement for the bed-ridden, differently abled, or senior citizens who are unable to visit the Aadhaar involvement Centre.

- Till such time Aadhaar is assigned to such pensioners, a paper life certificate may be accepted after collecting Aadhaar enrolment application receipts from such pensioners. After due verification through alternate identification documents as deemed necessary by the bank, pensions may be disbursed. An entry with necessary details such as paper life certificate, Aadhaar enrolment application receipts etc may be recorded in an exception register which should preferably be maintained in an electron ..

Further, for giving pension to the pensioners whose fingerprint authentication fails for any reason, the following mechanism may be adopted:

- Banks may make provisions for IRIS scanner along with the fingerprint scanner in bank branches. It has been observed that in many cases IRIS authentication is successful even though fingerprint authentication may have failed. This is particularly true for many senior citizens. In such cases, digital life certificate may be generated on the basis of IRIS authentication and pension may be given.

- In the case where fingerprint or IRIS authentication is not feasible for any reason, an entry should be made in the exception register with reasons and pension may be provided on the basis of paper life certificate and physical Aadhaar card or E-Aadhaar card of the pensioner after due verification as deemed fit by the bank. QR Code on E-Aadhaar card downloaded after 1 April, 2018 has photograph and other demographic details which are digitally signed by UIDAI. A QR code scanner which works even offline can thus confirm the authenticity of a paper E-Aadhaar card.

- The exception register which would contain the details of exception granted in aforesaid situations along with paper life certificate, Aadhaar number or Aadhaarenrolment ID etc, may be reviewed and audited periodically by senior management of the bank. The life certificate in physical form along with Aadhaar card, printed E-Aadhaar or Aadhaar enrolment application receipt of the pensioner should be forwarded to the concerned office of EPFO on day to day basis, the EPFO said.

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