Pensioners need not visit banks to give proof of their life for continuation of pension, the Centre informed the Rajya Sabha today.
There is no procedural complication in the disbursement of pension or family pension of a central government pensioner or family pensioners. It is credited regularly to their pension account and it does not require the pensioners' physical presence in the pension disbursing bank, Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Jitendra Singh, said in a written reply.
"Further, a pensioner or family pensioner need not visit the bank even for submitting life certificate, which can either be submitted online through Aadhaar-based biometric authentication or be signed by a person designated by the government for this purpose," he said.
In case a pensioner sends intimation about his serious illness or incapacitation supported by a medical certificate, a nominee of the paying branch of the bank visits the pensioner at home or hospital for recording his life certificate, Singh said.
The are about 58 lakh central government pensioners.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had in November 2014, launched 'Jeevan Pramaan' –an Aadhaar-based digital life certificate for pensioners.
The certification was launched to do away with the requirement of a pensioner having to submit a physical life certificate each year, in order to ensure continuity of his or her pension.