The government has extended the window to submit life certificates to two months for super senior pensioners. Now, life certificates can be submitted from October 1 every year to November 30, starting from this year, instead of November 1 to November 30 previously, reports The Economic Times.
The office memorandum issued by the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions dated 18.07.2019 said, "Senior Pensioners aged 80 years and above be allowed to give their life certificate w.e.f. 1 October every year instead of November which would be valid till 30 November of the Subsequent year."
Government pensioners are required to submit a life certificate or Jeevan Praman every year in the month of November to the pension disbursal agency, usually bank, to ensure that they continue receiving pension.
Currently, the certificate can be submitted only between November 1 and November 30. This has been severely inconveniencing especially those pensioners who travelling or are unwell during this window to submit the certificate.
If the certificate is not submitted by them during the month, i.e., by November 30, then their pension is stopped by the respective government department. Once the pension is stopped, getting it re-started is a tedious task.
For other pensioners, i.e., those below the age of 80 years, the rules for submission of life certificate continue to remain the same. They will be required to submit the certificate in the month of November.