Retiree Life Certificate Submission Deadline Extended to February 28 | Photo credit: BCCL

New Delhi: The government has extended the period for submitting the life certificate for central government retirees until February 28, 2022, following the Covid-19 pandemic.

“In view of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic in various states and given the vulnerability of the elderly population to the Corona virus, it has now been decided to extend the existing deadline of 12.31.2021 for the submission of the certificate of life for all age groups. retirements. From now on, all retirees of the central government can present a certificate of life until 28.02.2022. During this extended period, the pension will continue to be paid by the Pensions Authority (PDA) without interruption, ”said ..

In accordance with the memorandum of the Office of Public Grievances and Pensions of the Ministry of Personnel, in view of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic in various states and in view of the vulnerability of the elderly population to the Corona virus, it was decided to extend the current schedule of 12.31.2021 for the presentation of the certificate of life for all age groups of retirees.

From now on, all retirees of the central government can present a certificate of life until 28.02.2022. During this extended period, the pension will continue to be paid by the Pensions Authority (PDA) without interruption.

Each central government pensioner must present an annual life certificate in November for a continuation of the pension. Previously, as a measure to allow an additional exclusive window for very old retirees, the government allowed retirees in the 80 and over age group to submit an annual life certificate from October 1, instead of November 1, every year. The submission of the digital life certificate by retirees started from October 1, 2021.

Ways to submit a certificate of life

Physical submission

By visiting the pension payment bank: This is the most common way of presenting a certificate of life by retirees. Retirees must complete a form available at the bank’s counter and submit it to the designated bank agent.

By taking advantage of door-to-door services
The Doorstep Banking Alliance introduced the service of collecting life certificates under the umbrella of Home Banking. 12 public sector banks have come together to form an alliance to provide home services to their customers. Alliance banks include State Bank of India (SBI), Punjab National Bank (PNB), Bank of Baroda, Bank of India, Canara Bank, Bank of Maharashtra, Central Bank of India, Indian Bank, Indian Overseas Bank, Punjab & Sind Bank, UCO Bank and Union Bank of India.

Retirees wishing to benefit from this service will first need to book the service through the mobile app, website or by calling the toll free number. The gatekeeper will go to the retiree’s home on the date and time of the appointment.

“In the current pandemic situation, it is difficult for customers, especially retirees, to go to a branch to submit a certificate of life. PSB Alliance introduced the digital life certificate submission facility through Door Step Banking, retirees can book the service through any channel i.e. DSB Application / Web Portal / Toll Free Numbers. The DSB agent will visit the customer and retrieve the online life certificate using the Jeevan Pramaan app, ”the alliance website says.

To book the service, download the “Doorstep Banking” app from Google Playstore or go to doorstepbanks.com or www.dsb.imfast.co.in/doorstep/login or call the toll-free number 18001213721 or 18001037188.

It should be mentioned here that your bank may charge a fee for providing this service at home. The alliance’s website did not mention anything about these accusations. However, as SBI mentioned on its website, financial and non-financial services are charged at Rs 75 plus GST.

Home service by postman

The Post Office and Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology launched the Gateway service for submitting a digital life certificate through the postman in November last year. .

“In order to make this facility available nationwide, DoPPW enlisted the Indian Postal Payment Bank (IPPB) to use its extensive network of letter carriers and Gramin Dak Sevaks to provide retirees with a home facility for the submission of a certificate of life digitally. “To benefit from this service, the retiree will have to download the ‘Postinfo’ application,” said the pension service in its circular.

This service is available for both IPPB and non-IPPB clients. To avail the Post Office’s Digital Life Certificate (DLC) service, a customer can contact the nearest post office or request a home visit by the Letter Carrier / Grameen Dak Sevak. An appointment can also be made through the Post Info app or through the website http://ccc.cept.gov.in/covid/request.aspx.

Digital Life Certificate (DLC) service usage fees

A nominal fee of Rs 70 (including GST / CESS) will be charged for each successful generation of DLC. There will be no direct sales charge for IPPB or non-IPPB customers for the issuance of DLC.

It can be noted that the issuance of the DLC is a completely paperless, transparent and hassle-free process, and the certificate is generated instantly. If successful, a Pramaan ID is generated and shared directly with the retiree by the National Informatics Center (NIC). Once the Pramaan ID is generated, retirees can download the DLC via the link https://jeevanpramaan.gov.in/ppouser/login.

However, before the letter carriers or the Gramin Dak Sevak come to your home, retirees should keep the following documents on hand:
1) Aadhaar number
2) Existing mobile number
3) Type of annuity
4) Sanction authority
5) PPO number
6) Bank account number where the pension is credited

It should be mentioned here that the retiree’s Aadhaar number should be registered with the pension paying agency, such as banks or post office.

Submission through a designated official: The personal appearance of a pensioner is not required, if the pensioner presents his certificate of life signed by a “designated official”. In accordance with paragraph 14.3 of the scheme book issued by the Central Pensions Accounting Office (CPAO), a pensioner who produces a certificate of life in the prescribed form signed by the specified persons is exempt from appearance. A list of designated officials specified to sign the Certificate of Life in accordance with the CPAO Regime Booklet can be accessed at this link: https://doppw.gov.in/sites/default/files/OM_Submission_of_Annual_Life_Certificate.pdf

Online quote

Using the Jeevan Pramaan portal: Retirees can submit their life certificate online through the Jeevan Pramaan portal (https://jeevanpramaan.gov.in/). Retirees should download the Jeevan Pramaan app from the portal. Additionally, a retiree will need a device mandated by UIDAI to submit their fingerprints. The list of devices mandated by UIDAI is available on the Jeevan Pramaan portal. These devices are readily available on e-commerce sites.

Once you have downloaded the mobile app and obtained the fingerprint device, you need to register on the app, which is a one-time process. The registration will be done by mentioning the Aadhaar number, the mobile number and the email identifier of the retiree. For convenience, it is not mandatory that the mobile number be linked to the retiree’s Aadhaar number. One can follow the steps given on the application to submit the digital life certificate.