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Aadhaar only an add-on, not mandatory for getting pension: Govt

Aadhaar is an additional facility to enable the use of technology for submission of life certificate without the need for visiting banks.

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Aadhaar, aadhaar card
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card is not mandatory for central government employees to get their pension, Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh has said.

In 30th meeting of the Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies here recently, he said is an additional facility to enable the use of technology for submission of without the need for visiting banks.

His assertion assumes significance as there were reports of some retired employees facing difficulty in getting the pension in the absence of linkage with their bank accounts.

The minister clarified that Aadhaar has not been made mandatory for getting pension for government employees, according to the minutes of the meeting.

Aadhaar is a 12-digit number, issued by the (UIDAI), that acts as identification and address proof.

There are about 48.41 lakh central government employees and 61.17 lakh pensioners.

Singh cited various initiatives started by the central government for the welfare of its employees and pensioners.

"For instance, minimum pension has been increased to Rs 9,000, ceiling of gratuity has been increased to Rs 20 lakh, fixed medical allowance has been increased to Rs 1,000 per month," the minister said.

"Constant attendance allowance has been increased from Rs 4,500 to Rs 6,750 with effect from July 1, 2017. Some benefits relating to income-tax e.g. standard deduction, tax-rebate etc.on interest made available in the Finance Bill, 2018," he said.

First Published: Thu, May 17 2018. 01:38 IST
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