Around 11K pensioners fail to submit digital life certificates to EPFO

Sushant Ranjan
Thursday, 30 May 2019

he Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) is waiting for around 11,229 pensioners to submit their digital life certificates, which is compulsory to get pension on time every month. The certificate is required in November every year.

Pune: The Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) is waiting for around 11,229 pensioners to submit their digital life certificates, which is compulsory to get pension on time every month. The certificate is required in November every year.

There are 1.2 lakh pensioner members of EPFO from Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad. Around 1.08 lakh pensioners have already submitted their digital life certificates.

“Every year, pensioners come to our office or bank to show that they are alive and availing the pension. It was observed that some pensioners are not visiting the bank. Hence, we decided to ask them to submit their digital life certificate,” said EPFO Regional Commissioner Arun Kumar.

While most senior citizen pensioners visit bank branches during November and sign on the register as proof of living, some find it difficult to be physically present for this. This usually means a lot of trauma for elders, who are not in good health or too old to make it physically to their bank branches. 

Aadhaar-based authentication of life certificate can be submitted online through Jeevan Praman portal by the pensioner, which is also accepted as a life certificate, in addition to existing ways of submitting life certificate in physical form.

Most of the time, the office has observed that after submission of the life certificate, a few months later, if a pensioner dies, the EPFO office continued depositing pension into their account. It is their family’s duty to report to bank or EPFO office and submit the death certificate, so the wife of the pensioner can avail the pension. 

On the other hand, without submission of the certificate, they can’t get the pension, as there is no proof if the pensioner is alive or not. Taking a note, Regional Commissioner Pune (Akurdi) Amitabh Prakash has started a campaign. Each pensioner is asked to submit the digital life certificate before November.

“It is necessary for all pensioners to get their pension. The pension is their lifetime savings which is earned by them during their service. We don’t want anyone to not get it. Again we are asking if they missed or not submitted come to our office or bank and submit their digital life certificate,” Prakash added.

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