New Delhi: For more than a year, pensioners have been able to provide digitally their annual life certificates to the authorities for continuity of their pensions. They no longer have to present themselves physically or through a life certificate issued by specified authorities every year to prove they live. Lakhs of pensioners on various schemes are benefitting from this government initiative called Jeevan Pramaan.
Launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 10 November 2014, nearly 12.5 lakh pensioners have registered for Digital Life Certificate (DLC) in about a year. The enrolled pensioners come from different districts of the country, showing the interest the facility has generated all over the country including in far-flung rural and hilly districts.
Started with civil pensioners of the central government alone, several other pensioner schemes have adopted Jeevan Pramaan and provided the facility of digital life certificate to these pensioners. Presently, apart from civil central government employees, defence services, the Employees’ Provident Fund Organization (EPFO), post offices, Railways, Defence Pensioners Disbursement Office (DPDOs), several PSUs including Mumbai Port Trust, Chennai Port Trust and New Delhi Municipal Council, are providing this service.
State governments have recognized the potential of Jeevan Pramaan and adopted the service, too. The Governments of Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Telangana, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Punjab, Pondicherry, Odisha, Andaman & Nicobar, Rajasthan and Jharkhand have started providing these services.
The Jeevan Pramaan service is provided by the NIC through a central portal developed on an open source. The platform is highly scalable. Developed using in-house manpower, the portal has been developed and maintained free of cost to all the user agencies and is also free for pensioners.
Under Jeevan Pramaan, a pensioner can digitally show that he or she is alive using his/her biometrics. The biometric devices are available in CSC’s, bank branches, pensioner associations, government offices etc. Moreover, a citizen can also purchase a fingerprint scanner and do the identification from home. A typical fingerprint scanner currently costs around Rs 2,600 and the prices are expected to come down in future. The usefulness of Jeevan Pramaan will increase even further as the biometric authentication device gets integrated with mobile phones.
All pension disbursing organizations, which have a requirement of periodic life certificates to continue disbursing pension, are welcome to avail of this free offer.