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Saturday 21 October 2017
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Jeewan Pramaan: a digital life certificate for pensioner

Jeevan Pramaan

Ensuring easy and hassle free service for pensioners, the Union Government has started biometric enabled digital service ‘Jeevan Pramaan’.

The Jeevan Pramaan Certificate is produced for individual pensioner using his Biometric Credentials and is recognized under the IT Act. Pensioners of Central Government, State Government or any other Government organization can take benefit of this facility.

The Jeevan Pramaan benefits the pensioner from having to go before the Pension disbursing Authority to prove that he/she is alive.

Pensioners could submit their certificates from June, 2015 on Jeewan Pramaan portal. Pensioners of Himachal Pradesh will need to download life certificate available on himkosh and submit the filled form in any district Treasury offices after getting it signed from a gazetted officer.

Pensioners could also generate Life Certificate at NIC Centre, Treasuries or in Common Service Centre where biometric devices were available by using Jeevan Pramaan portal Life Certificate generated through it and delivered to any Treasury of the district.

The pensioners will have to provide copy of Aadhaar alongwith Life Certificate from himkosh for seeding of Aadhaar number with e-pension in case pensioner was unable to get Life Certificate from the site for any reason.

More than 1 Crore families in India can be classified as pensioner families, where the pension disbursed by the various government bodies forms the basis for their income and sustainability. There are about 50 lakhs pensioners of the Central Government and a similar number of the various State and UT Governments and various other governmental agencies. This includes pensioners from the various public sector enterprises. In addition to this Army and Defence Personals drawing pension exceeds 25 lakhs.

One of the major requisite for the pensioners post their retirement from the service, is to provide life certificates to the authorized pension disbursing agencies like the bank, following which their pension is credited to their account. In order to get this life certificates the individual drawing the pension is required to either personally present himself/ herself before the Pension Disbursing Agency or have the Life Certificate issued by authority where they have served earlier and have it delivered to the disbursing agency.

This very requirement of personally being present in front of disbursing agency or getting a life certificate often becomes a major hurdle in the process of seamless transfer of pension amount to the pensioner. It has been noted that it causes a lot of hardship and unnecessary inconvenience particularly for the aged and infirm pensioners who cannot always be in a position to present them in front of the particular authority to secure their life certificate. In addition to this a lot of Government employees post their retirement choose to move to different location either to be with their family or other reasons, hence causing a huge logistical issue when it comes to accessing their rightful pension amount.

Jeevan Pramaan seeks to address this very problem by digitizing the whole process of securing the life certificate. It aims to streamline the process of getting this certificate and making it hassle free and much easier for the pensioners. With this initiative the pensioners requirement to physically present himself/herself in front of disbursing agency or the certification authority will become a thing of the past benefiting the pensioners in a huge way and cutting down on unnecessary logistical hurdles.



Rahul Bhandari is Editor of TheNewsHimachal and has been part of the digital world for last eight years.