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The Department of Pension and Pensioners Welfare, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions has taken several initiatives in the year 2021.
Several of them are
Jeevan Pramaan: It was launched in 2014. It is an online system for submission of life certificate “Jeevan Pramaan”. Through this platform, a pensioner can give an online Life Certificate, anytime and from anywhere by attaching a biometric device to his PC/Mobile or using services of a Common Service Centre(CSC) or any nearest bank branch.
Policy Reforms in Pensions
– A divorced daughter, in whose case a decree of divorce was issued after the death of her parents, will be eligible for family pension if the divorce petition was filed before the death of the parents.
– If a person (e.g. Spouse) eligible to receive family pension is charged with the offence of murdering a Government servant /pensioner, family pension shall not be paid to that person till the conclusion of the criminal proceedings but shall be paid to other eligible members of the family (e.g. Child).
– Children/siblings suffering from a disability will be considered dependent on the Government servant/pensioner and shall accordingly be eligible for family pension if their income is less than the entitled family pension plus dearness relief.
Bhavishya: It is an online Pension Sanction and Payment Tracking System. The system provides for online tracking of pension sanctions and payment processes.
Centralised Pensioners Grievance Redress And Monitoring System (CPENGRAMS): It is an online web-enabled system for the speedy redressal of grievances related to pension by various Central Government Ministries/ Departments/Organisations.
Source: This post is based on the article “Year-End- Review-2021- Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare” published in PIB on 14th January 2022.