EPS Pensioners Can submit Life Certificate Without Aadhaar, Finger print Authentication: EPFO

Now Employee Pension  Scheme (EPS)  pensioners   can submit life certificate without Aadhaar or even if  Aadhaar  finger print authentication  fails in case of those who have Aadhaar.

These pensioners had been facing problems in submitting  life certificate  digitally leading to stoppage of their pension. EPFO has issued  instructions to all pension  disbursing  banks and post offices  directing them to provide  alternative mechanisms, including acceptance  of paper life certificate, for submission of proof of life certificate.

As per the directive, for giving pension to  pensioners  who can not submit  digital life certificate on account of not possessing Aadhaar, the following mechanism may be adopted:-
1- The bank manager may co-ordinate  with the bank  branch where  the Aadhaar  enrollment  facility is available  and get the beneficiary enrolled for aadhaar.Banks should make special arrangements for bedridden, differently abled  and senior citizens  who are unable to visit aadhaar enrollment centre.
2- Till such time Aadhaar is assigned to  to such persons, a paper life certificate may be accepted after  collecting  Aadhaar enrolment  application receipts from such persons.
3- Banks may make provision for IRIS   scanner  along with finger print scanner.It has been observed  that in many cases IRIS authentication is successful even though  finger  print  authentication has failed.
4- In case where finger print or IRIS  authentication is not feasible for any reason , an entry should be made in the exception register  with reasons and pension may be provided on the basis of paper life certificate and physical Aadhaar card or E-Aadhaar card of the pensioner after due verification as deemed fit by the bank.

SOURCE: ET online/April 10, 2018