PM suggests Aadhaar-based e-tracking of pension cases

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has suggested an Aadhaar-based online system to check delay in processing cases of pensions.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi
The Prime Minister during a recent video-conference, while discussing problems being faced by Defence pensioners, with senior government officials of Personnel and other ministries had “stressed the need for using Aadhaar based system solutions”.

“He (had) also stated that e-tracking of pension matter would be a good step towards preventing delays,” according to minutes of meeting held on June 3, on Aadhaar-based authentication of life certificate for pensioners.

The Prime Minister suggested putting in place an e-tracking system to monitor delays in pension cases. “It was agreed that possibilities of the Online Tracking System for Pension Sanction and Payment (Bhavishya) being adopted by Ministry of Railways, Ministry of Defence, Department of Posts and Department of Telecommunications would be explored,” it said.

Officials from Department of Financial Services(DFS), present during the meeting, informed that all banks have started accepting digital life certificates (DLCs). So far 2,06,024 pensioners have submitted DLCs. Of these, 1,47,629 take pension through banks and 35,135 through Defence Pension Disbursement Offices.

There are about 55 lakh central government pensioners across the country.

Representatives of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) informed the meeting that Ministry of Railways, Indian Army and Indian Air Force have been appointed as registrars for enrolment for Aadhaar numbers.