The three municipal corporations in Delhi do not use biometric data to verify pension beneficiaries, the Lok Sabha was informed today. Minister of State for Home Affairs Hansraj Gangaram Ahir said this in response to a question in Parliament. "The three MCDs have informed that no biometric data is used to verify these pension beneficiaries.
However, instructions of central government pension rules issued by Ministry of Finance from time to time are adhered to," he said. On whether the New Delhi Municipal Council and the three corporations -- NDMC, SDMC and EDMC -- have verified if the beneficiaries of pension are still alive or not, he said, "All the pension is disbursed by banks to the beneficiaries of pension to retired employees on the basis of life certificate obtained by the bank in the month of November every year as a proof that particular pensioner is alive on the particular date. "If the life certificate is not given by the pensioner then the payment of pension is stopped." The Union minister also answered a question on regularisation of daily wages employees of civic bodies. "All the three municipal corporations have informed that no proposal has been forwarded by them to the government for regularisation of of daily wages employees to give permanent status. "All the three corporations reportedly have their own policy for regularisation of daily wages employees in a phased manner," he said.