Digital Life Certificate for Pensioners launched

Digital Life Certificate for Pensioners launched by Prime Minister – A software application has been developed to enable the recording of the pensioner`s Aadhar number and biometric details from his / her mobile device or computer

Huge relief for senior citizens who have to produce Life Certificates each year to continue receiving pension

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today launched “Jeevan Pramaan” – an “Aadhar-based Digital Life Certificate” for pensioners, in a move that could eventually benefit over a crore pensioners. The Prime Minister said that after the push towards self-certification, this digital life certificate was another enabling mechanism which would benefit the common man.

The proposed digital certification will do away with the requirement of a pensioner having to submit a physical Life Certificate in November each year, in order to ensure continuity of pension being credited into his account. The Department of Electronics and IT has developed a software application which will enable the recording of the pensioner`s Aadhar number and biometric details from his mobile device or computer, by plugging in a biometric reading device. Key details of the pensioner, including date, time, and biometric information will be uploaded to a central database on real-time basis, ultimately enabling the Pension Disbursing Agency to access a Digital Life Certificate. This will conclusively establish that the pensioner was alive at the time of authentication.

The earlier requirement entailed that a pensioner either personally presents himself before the Pension Disbursing Agency, or submits a Life Certificate issued by authorities specified by the Central Pension Accounting Office (CPAO).

At present, 50 lakh inpiduals draw pension from the Central Government alone. A similar number draw pension from State and Union Territory Governments. Several PSUs also provide pension benefits. Over 25 lakh retired personnel draw pension from the Armed Forces. The Aadhar-Based Digital Life Certificate will go a long way in reducing hardship which so many senior citizens have to go through to produce a Life Certificate every year.

The software application system will be made available to pensioners and other stakeholders on a large scale at no extra cost. It can be operated on a personal computer or a smartphone, along with an inexpensive biometric reading device. This facility will also be made available at Common Service Centres being operated under the National e-Governance Plan, for the benefit of pensioners residing in remote and inaccessible areas.

Source: PIB News


  1. I failed to understand how digital life certificate will help pensioners like me as as every information have been submitted with the pension disbursing bank i.e Adhar Card No,PAN Card No, Mobile No, E.Mail ID etc .How can bank authorities determine whether pensioner is alive or dead and if dead when ? A physical verification is needed.

    1. The idea behind this digital life certificate is bio-metric verification will be done once the pensioner logged in to this system. When the Pensioner is logged into this verification system he/she has to provide the bio-metric credentials, which he/she had provided when taking Aadhaar Card. The system will check whether bio-metric details provided now and available at Aadhaar database are one and the same.

  2. Digital life certificate will be very useful as any pensioner can give this at any other city where his bank is not located. But he will have to go to the place where biometric device is avalable

  3. sir ilive in a village where there is no facility and my grandfather is in problem he is not able to walk or sit or stand because of paralysis how we submit digital life certificate and how we seed adharr id

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