Udupi: Life certificate compliance - Pensioners run from pillar to post

Daijiworld Media Network - Udupi (SP)

Udupi, Dec 3: People who draw different types of pensions from the government have to furnish their life certificates during November or December each year to the banks where they draw pensions, or to the post offices. It is mandatory to provide Jeevan Praman or digital life certificates.

But in many cases, the thumb impressions recorded in Aadhar cards do not match. In such cases, the old people get worried and run here and there to comply with the requirement as otherwise payment of their pensions will be withheld. The problem of non-matching is high in respect of people who work hard as their fingers have scratch marks and those who are very old.

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There is a provision to get the certificate requirement fulfilled through iris scanners but the banks only have thumb machines. As they do not have iris scanners, the people are facing the need to visit the zonal offices of the Employment Provident Fund to complete the requirement.

Whenever they visit the provident fund offices, they are asked to go to banks. The banks claim they do not have iris scanners and redirect the pensioners to post offices. About 50 per cent of the postmen have been provided with IPPB mobiles but with them too, the problem of non-matching of thumb impression occurs. As there is no alternative, old people are moving from Adhar registration offices to banks.

Commissioner of Employees Provident Fund, Ajai Singh, said that there is time till February 28 for the pensioners to furnish life certificates. They can furnish them at the banks or post offices where they are drawing their pensions, he said. He said that if there is a problem, they can visit the Udupi office of the provident fund. He said that out of about 17,500 pensioners, 10,700 have already provided life certificates.

Udupi district lead bank manager Rudresh said that life certificates can be furnished at any nearby banks. He clarified that the banks as of now have not been provided with iris scanners. He said that in cases where life certificates cannot be furnished due to medical reasons, bank managers visit homes to complete the process.



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  • Santan Mascarenhas, Kinnigoli/Bangalore

    Fri, Dec 4 2020

    An old man from Pune who was getting pension every quarter, came and lived with his son in Mumbai for 6 months. He went to collect his 2 quarters pension in Pune with life certificate. The clerk gave the pension for the latest quarter, but previous quarter he did not give since life certificate for that quarter was not produced. Clerk was not wrong since audit people later would say that the pension was given without document. Later, the senior officer certified that since he saw the latest certificate, he authorized the clerk to make the payment for the previous quarter. Clerk filed that letter in appropriate place and made payment.

    Our bureaucrats make mountains out of mole hills. We have aadhar card which is a Grand Master Key for anything. During issue of death certificate, it is mandatory to produce aadhar card. It is linked to the more than 300 schemes of govt. When you file income tax return for refund, in the name of a deceased person, they catch and say it should have been filed in the name of the survivor. They can link the aadhar card with pension scheme and while giving pension, just check aadhar card which is already on record, they will come to know whether the man is dead or living. For elderly and sick persons, running from pillar to post is not necessary.

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  • Dylan, Mangalore

    Thu, Dec 3 2020

    Are these signs of Acche din for the citizens of the country. All false promises.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Thu, Dec 3 2020

    SBI, Thane Branch takes only Thumb Impressions ...

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