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PM Modi launches Digital Life Certificate for Pensioners in India

Closely following the launch of open Application Processing Interface by the Narendra Modi’s government to enforce e-governance in India, the Prime Minister has launched ‘Jeevan Pramaan’- Digital Life Certificate for Pensioners, which avoids the need for pensioners to produce their physical birth certificate every year to claim pension. This move by Mr Modi adds another attribute under the umbrella of Digital India.

The Digital life certificate will be linked to the Aadhar account which is expected to benefit over a crore of pensioner in India. The Department of Electronics and Information Technology will be participating in the initiative and develop a software system to record the Aadhar details to the pensioner. This will be uploaded on the central database which can be accessed by Pension Disbursing Agency for the Digital Life Certificate.

“The software application system will be made available to pensioners and other stakeholders on a large scale at no extra cost. It can be operated on a personal computer or a smartphone, along with an inexpensive biometric reading device. This facility will also be made available at Common Service Centres being operated under the National e-Governance Plan, for the benefit of pensioners residing in remote and inaccessible areas,” a release by Press Information Bureau stated.

In tune to the social appeal of the Prime Minister and reforms by his government., the introduction of Jeevan Pramaan has been heavily publicised on the social media platform Twitter. “This step brings comfort & convenience. Pensioners will not have to submit physical Life certificates every year for pension continuity,” Mr Modi posted on Twitter through his official handle.