New Delhi: In a serious aid to central authorities pensioners amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the date for submission of life certificates has been prolonged as much as February 28 subsequent yr, Union Minister Jitendra Singh mentioned on Sunday.
“This decision has been taken considering all the sensitivities to avoid pandemic risk emanating from gathering of crowds at the pension disbursing banks,” mentioned Singh, the Minister of State for Personnel.
Along with this, he mentioned, the pensioners above the age of 80 years got an unique window from October 1 onward to submit their life certificates in order to keep away from rush prone to occur from the opening date of November 1.
Singh mentioned that whereas the annual life certificates is obligatory for the continuation of pension, the Division of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare (DoPPW) lately took an progressive determination to rope in Indian Publish Funds Financial institution (IPPB) to facilitate digital life certificates (DLC).
IPPB, he knowledgeable, is now serving to accumulate the digital life certificates from homes of pensioners by way of 1.89 lakh postmen and gramin dak sewaks.
“This has come as a great comfort to pensioners, especially those residing in rural areas,” the minister mentioned.
The Division of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare has additionally began a marketing campaign to increase assist to the aged or infirmed pensioners in submission of life certificates digitally from house, he mentioned.
“Different modes of submitting the life certificates from house equivalent to by attaching biometric machine to a private laptop or cellular are additionally in operation, Singh mentioned.
He mentioned the division additionally famous sure inconveniences being skilled by senior residents on account of adjusting biometrics as a result of age.
“To beat this age-related scientific hazard, all of the pension disbursing banks have been suggested to undertake video-based buyer identification course of (V-CIP) as an extra facility for acquiring life certificates from the pensioners, throughout the permissible RBI tips, Singh mentioned.
He mentioned the DoPPW is on the verge of introducing the face-recognition expertise to submit digital life certificates by way of a easy Android telephone with out attaching any biometric machine.
Utilizing this facility, Singh mentioned, it might be attainable to determine the id of an individual by way of the face-recognition approach.
(With PTI Inputs)