After the first version of Jeevan Pramaan (digital life certificate) was launched in 2014 by PM Narendra Modi, the Centre is now looking to further simplify the process for senior citizens to get their pensions.
Jeevan Pramaan enabled pensioners to authenticate themselves using Aadhaar -to show that they are alive -instead of being physically present at a government office.
The new proposal will allow senior citizens prove they are alive by just sending an email or a post of their latest Aadhaar authentication statement to the government office.
Ajay Bhushan Pandey, CEO, Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) told ET this will be “Jeevan Pramaan 2.0” and will save the pensioners from going to a nearby centre to authenticate themselves through Aadhaar.
“They can just sit at home and send across the statement that will be enough to process their pension,” said Pandey. He added however, the finer details of the proposal will be worked out by the nodal agency for disbursing pensions. “We are in talks with them,” he added.
According to the official website of Jeevan Pramaan, 1 crore families in India are pensioner families, which include 50 lakh pensioners of the Centre and a similar number of state governments.
Around 16.7 lakh pensioners have already registered for Jeevan Pramaan, says the portal. “It has been noted that it (old system before Jeevan Pramaan) is causing a lot of hardship and unnecessary inconvenience, particularly for the aged and infirm pensioners who cannot always be in a position to present themselves in front of the particular authority to secure life certificate,” it said.
Jeevan Pramaan authentications can currently be carried out either through common service centres, government offices or a network of private institutions certified to carry out biometric authentications across India. The proposal for Jeevan Pramaan 2.0 came after UIDAI notified a set of five new rules for Aadhaar last week.
Under one such rule, an Aadhaar number holder shall have the right to access his authentication records online or through the Aadhaar app in terms of how many times and why he has used Aadhaar. After every authentication, a person who has shared their email address gets an email and will also get a transaction history of all such authentications.
ET reported on September 16 the soon-to-be-launched Aadhaar app will have an inbox that will store all past transactions done through Aadhaar, and will help people keep tab on the history to ensure their Aadhaar number has not been misused. Pandey said with the provision of a transaction history made available now, a “lot of new innovations can come about in the future”.