Submission of ‘Life Certificate’
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF FINANCE
DEPARTMENT OF EXPENDITURE
CENTRAL PENSION ACCOUNTING OFFICE
TRIKOOT-11, BHIKAJI CAMA PLACE,
CPAO/IT&Tech/Life Certificate/2 Vol-V/2018-19/64
Subject : Submission of ‘Life Certificate’
Attention is invited to CPAO’s OM No. CPAO/IT&Tech/Life Certificate/2 Vol-V/2018-19/147 dated 23.10.2018 on the subject mentioned above. At present following three options are available with pensioner/family pensioner to authenticate his/her life:
(I) By presenting himself/herself to the authorised bank officer to record the life certificate.
(II) According to Para 15.2 of the “Scheme for Payment of pension to Central Civil Pensioner” which states that “In case a pensioner is unable to obtain a life certificate from an authorised Bank officer on account of serious illness/ incapacitation etc., an intimation to this effect supported by a medical certificate from a registered medical practitioner about his inability to appear in person may be sent to officer-in-charge of the paying branch so that the latter may nominate an officer to visit the pensioner at his/her residence/hospital for the purpose of recording the life certificate”. Further, vide Correction Slip No. 14 of “Scheme for payment of pension to Central Government Civil Pensioners by Authorized Banks” (Copy Enclosed), a pensioner who produces a life certificate in the prescribed form in Annexure-VII signed by any person specified in the said Correction Slip, is exempted from personal appearance.
(III) Moreover, as a part of Prime Minister’s Mission “Digital India” and with the development of software application by Deptt. of Information Technology circulated as per Correction Slip No. 22 to the “Scheme for payment of pension to Central Government Civil Pensioners by Authorized Banks” (Copy Enclosed) the pensioner can prove their existence though Aadhaar based authentication of Life Certificate.
2. As per Department of Pension and Pensioners’s Welfare OM No. 1/20/2018-P&PW(E) dated 18.07.2019, it has been decided by the Government that Senior Pensioners aged 80 years and above will be allowed to give their Life Certificate w.e.f Pt October every year instead of November which would be valid till 30th November of the subsequent year. The pensioners below the age of 80 years may continue to give their Life Certificate in November as per existing provisions of CPAO Scheme Booklet,
3. All Banks are requested to create awareness of this Office Memorandum among pensioners of their respective bank branches. Necessary instructions may be issued to all the Bank branches to make suitable arrangements for submission of Life Certificate by the pensioners/family pensioners aged 80 years and above w.e.f. 1st October, 2019.
This issues with the approval of the Chief Controller (Pensions).
(Md. Shahid Kamal Ansari)
(Dy. Controller of Accounts)