EPFO provides pensioners multiple options to submit digital life certificates amid Covid
DELHI: EPFO provides pensioners multiple options to submit digital life certificates amid Covid – Retirement Fund body EPFO has provided multiple options for submission of digital life certificate (DLC) by over 67 lakh pensioners, enabling them to continue drawing their Social Security benefits, the labor ministry said.
All pensioners under EPS-95 (Employees Pension Scheme-1995) are required to submit Jeevan Pramaan Patra (JPP) / Digital Life Certificate (DLC) annually to continue drawing a pension.
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As the Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) has facilitated multiple options for EPS-95 pensioners to submit their DLC on the brink of their home or at their doorstep, the ministry said during a statement.
JPPs submitted through of these modes/agencies are equally valid, it added.
Around 117 district offices of the EPFO, EPS-95 pensioners In addition to the 135 regional offices can now submit DLC at pension disbursing bank branch and nearest post offices.
The DLC also can be submitted at a nation-wide network of over 3.65 lakh Common Services Centres (CSCs). EPS-95 pensioners also can submit DLC using the UMANG app launched doorstep DLC service for pensioners.
The pensioners can now submit an online request for availing of the doorstep DLC service on payment of a nominal fee.
A postman from the closest post office will visit a pensioner and complete the method of generating DLC at his/her home itself EPS pensioners can now submit DLC at any time during the year, as per their convenience.
The life certificate will remain valid for one year from the date of submission. The pensioners who are issued Pension Payment Order (PPO) in 2020 needn’t upload JPP till the completion of 1 year.
Earlier, all pensioners were required to submit the DLC within the month of November. This resulted in difficulties faced by pensioners thanks to long queues and rush for submission of the life certificates.
This pro-pensioner step has been taken to supply hassle-free Social Security cover to pensioners, it added.
Senior citizens are at a better risk of severe illness from the coronavirus.
These initiatives will benefit approximately 67 lakh EPS pensioners, out of which about 21 lakh are widows/widowers, children, and orphan pensioners, it said.
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