EPFO provides pensioners multiple options to submit Digital Life Certificate amid pandemic

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.

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All pensioners under EPS-95 (Employees Pension Scheme-1995) are required to submit Jeevan Pramaan Patra (JPP) / Digital Life Certificate (DLC) each year to continue drawing the pension.

The initiative of the EPFO is likely to benefit approximately 67 lakh EPS pensioners out of which about 21 lakh are widow/widower, children, and orphans.

The EPFO had earlier said that the pensioners of Employees’ Pension Scheme 1995 (EPS’95) are required to submit Jeevan Pramaan Patra (JPP) / Digital Life Certificate (DLC) each year to continue drawing their pension.

Jeevan Praman Patra submitted through these modes/agencies are equally valid. In addition to 135 regional offices and 117 district offices of EPFO, EPS pensioners can now submit DLC at pension disbursing bank branch and nearest post offices.

They also can submit the DLC at a nation-wide network of over 3.65 lakh Common Services Centers.

Apart from this, EPS pensioners can also submit DLC using the UMANG app.

To facilitate the process, India Post Payments Bank has recently launched the doorstep Digital Life Certificate service for pensioners. They can submit an online request for availing of doorstep DLC service on payment of a nominal fee.

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Soon after a request is made, a postman from the nearest Post Office will visit a pensioner and will complete the process of generating DLC at the home of the pensioner only.

Moreover, the 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 of DLC.

The pensioners who have been issued Pension Payment Order in 2020 need not upload JPP till the completion of one year.

It is a chargeable service and will be available to all the central government pensioners across the country.

The facility to submit life certificates online through the Jeevan Pramaan portal was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in November 2014.

Mean-while, India on Thursday recorded 45,576 new coronavirus infections in a span of 24 hours, government Covid-19 data shows. With this, the country’s overall Covid-19 case count since the outbreak stands at 89,58,484.In the one-day period, 585 people lost their lives to the deadly virus, taking the overall fatalities to 1,31,578.

The total active cases stand at 4,43,303 after a decrease of 3,502 in the last 24 hours.

The total discharged cases are at 83,83,603 with 48,493 new recoveries in the last 24 hours.

For the 12th day today, India has reported less than 50,000 daily coronavirus cases.

The Indian Council of Medical Research said that a total of 12,85,08,389 samples have been tested for Covid-19 up to 18 November. Of these, 10,28,203 samples were tested yesterday, the ICMR added.

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