EPS Pensioners Can Avail Pension By Submitting Life Certificate If IRIS & Fingerprint Authentication Fails, Said EPFO
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Pensioners coming under Employee Pension Scheme (EPS) can now submit a Life Certificate without the 12-digit unique identity number, Aadhaar.
The pensioners who posses Aadhaar but failed in fingerprint authentication can also avail this facility, the Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) said on Tuesday.
EPFO today issued instructions to all pension disbursing banks and post offices, directing them to provide alternative mechanisms, for pensioners facing problems in providing digital Jeevan Pramaan (an Aadhar based digital life certificate for pensioners).
EPFO told the pension disbursing units to ensure that such pensioners are facilitated for Aadhaar enrollment if they do not possess the same and also 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.
If Aadhaar is not assigned to such pensioners till the time then 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.
If fingerprint authentication fails for any reason of the pensioners possessing Aadhaar, then banks may make provisions for IRIS scanner along with the fingerprint scanner in bank branches. If any of the two or both of the authentication fails, then digital life certificate should be generated on the basis of IRIS authentication and pension may be given in the former case and in the later case 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 Aadhaar enrollment ID etc, maybe 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 enrollment application receipt of the pensioner should be forwarded to the concerned office of EPFO on day to day basis, the EPFO said reported on ET.
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