Monday, January 08, 2018

Last date for linking Aadhaar to small savings schemes extended to March 31

The government on Monday extended the last date for linking Aadhaar to small savings schemes to March 31 from December 31. The move comes after the deadline for linking of the unique identification number (UID) to social benefit schemes, bank accounts and mobile numbers were also extended to March 31.

“It has now been decided to extend the last date for submission of Aadhaar number from December 31, 2017 to March 31, 2018,” a Finance Ministry notification said on Monday. Thus, it means that the last date for linking of Aadhaar to all government schemes is now March 31.

In October, the government had made quoting the 12-digit Aadhaar number mandatory for all small savings schemes like post office deposits, PPF, the National Savings Certificate scheme and Kisan Vikas Patra. Existing depositors were given time till December 31, 2017 to provide the number. The depositor is required to submit Aadhaar number at the time of opening of account/purchasing certificates, it said.

The government has insisted on quoting Aadhaar for bank deposits, obtaining SIM cards and several other utilities to weed out benami deals and black money. An amendment was also made in the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) Rules, 2017, mandating the linking of Aadhaar to mutual fund accounts.

As many as 135 schemes (of 35 ministries), including the free cooking gas (LPG) to poor women, kerosene and fertilizer subsidy, targeted public distribution system (PDS) and MGNREGA will be covered by the extension.

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NO STOPPAGE OF DISBURSEMENT OF PENSION DUE TO NON-LINKING OF AADHAAR GOVERNMET

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF FINANCE
LOK SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO: 2997
ANSWERED ON: 05.01.2018
DISBURSEMENT OF PENSION

SADHU SINGH
Will the Minister of FINANCE be pleased to state:-

(a) whether the disbursement of Central Government Pension to many beneficiaries have been stopped due to non-linking of same with the Aadhaar number and if so, the details thereof, State/UT-wise including Punjab; 

(b) whether the Government proposes to exempt beneficiary patients suffering from leprosy or any other grave disease and hence unable to provide their biometric details and if so, the details thereof and if not, the reasons therefor; 
(c) the other steps taken by the Government to facilitate such beneficiaries patients; and

(d) whether the Government is considering some alternative option for such beneficiary patients and if so, the details thereof and the steps taken by the Government in this regard?

ANSWER
The Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance 

(a) to (d): The Government has not issued any instructions for stopping disbursement of pension to Central Government pensioner due to non-linking of the pension account with the Aadhaar number.

Instructions have been issued by the Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare (DoP&PW) from time to time that in view of the difficulty faced by old and infirm pensioners, banks should make concrete effort to provide the facility of obtaining life certificate from the premises/ residence of such pensioners. The instructions also provide that in case of sick and infirm pensioners, personal appearance may be exempted if a life certificate in the prescribed form signed by some specified authorities is produced on the behalf of Pensioners.

Further, all Pension Disbursing Banks have also been advised by DoP&PW that where the finger prints of a pensioner are not accepted by the system, the alternate mechanism of biometric, i.e. Iris scanning, may be used in such case. In case, however, it is not possible to have Digital Life Certificate either through finger prints or through Iris scanning, the physical life certificate submitted by the pensioner may be accepted to avoid any harassment to the pensioner. In no case a pensioner should be returned without accepting his life certificate on account of non-acceptance of his biometric by the system.

CPF Pensioners - LOK SABHA Q&A

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF FINANCE
LOK SABHA

UNSTARRED QUESTION NO: 2045
ANSWERED ON: 29.12.2017
CPF Pensioners

SUKHBIR SINGH JAUNPURIA

Will the Minister of FINANCE be pleased to state:-
(a) the details of existing pension rates of Contributory Provident Fund (CPF) pensioners in the country;
(b) whether the Government proposes to increase the CPF rates;
(c) if so, the details thereof and if not, the reasons therefor; and
(d) whether the Government has any information regarding the number of CPF pensioners as on 31st March, 2016, and if so, the details thereof?

ANSWER

The Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance
(a) to (d) The Central Government employees who are covered by CPF Rules (India) 1962 and who retired on or after 01.01.1986 are not entitled to any monthly pension/ex-gratia amount. However, the Government employees under CPF who retired between 18.11.1960 and 31.12.1985 are entitled to monthly ex-gratia amount. Presently following ex-gratia payment is admissible to the CPF beneficiaries who had retired from service prior to 01.01.1986:
S.No Group of Service to which CPF retirees belonged at the time of retirement Enhanced amount of basic monthly ex-gratia
1 Group A Service Rs. 3,000/-
2 Group B Service Rs. 1,000/-
3 Group C Service Rs. 750/-
4 Group D Service Rs. 650/-
5 Widows and dependent children of the deceased CPF beneficiary Rs. 645/-
Dearness ex-gratia equal to 50% of the amount of ex-gratia and Dearness Relief, as notified from time to time as per 5th Central Pay Commission series, on the sums of amount of ex-gratia and dearness ex-gratia is being paid to them. There is no proposal to increase the aforesaid rates.

Source: Lok Sabha Q&A

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