New Delhi, November 23: With an aim to remove difficulties faced by pensioners, the Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) on Wednesday relaxed norms for submission of life certificates. The retirement fund body has made things simpler for pensioners by relaxing conditions for submitting life certificates, including for online submissions. The EPFO in a statement on Wednesday said that it has laid down provisions that will help pensioners in submitting the Jeevan Pramaan certificate with ease.

In a major relief to pensioners, the life certificate in physical form may be accepted from such pensioners who have recorded genuine reasons for non-submission of digital Jeevan Pramaan. The new conditions provide that those who have not submitted Jeevan Pramaan digitally even once can do so within this month. The facility of submitting Jeevan Pramaan is available at all EPFO offices, pension disbursing banks and common service centres.

In order to obviate the difficulties faced by the pensioners in submission of Jeevan Parmaan in the month of November 2017 following has been decided:

1) Those pensioners who have already submitted Jeevan Parmaan digitally for the previous year need not essentially submit digital Jeevan Parmaan for the current year. If they face any difficulty in doing so, they may submit paper based life certificate to the concerned pension drawing bank branches or can submit Jeevan Parmaan digitally as per their convenience.

2) Those who have not submitted Jeevan Parmaan digitally even once should submit Jeevan Parmaan digitally in the month of November 2017. The facility of submission of Jeevan Parmaan digitally are available in all offices of the Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO), pension disbursing banks and common service centre’s. Further, digital Jeevan Parmaan has been made available in the UMANG App of EPFO.

3) Life Certificate in physical form may be accepted from such pensioners who have genuine reason for non submission of digital Jeevan Parmaan and such reason should be recorded by pensioner while submitting the life certificate.

The latest move is a relief to senior citizens as they made a beeline to EPFO offices to submit their Digital Life certificates. Many pensioners expressed their dissatisfaction over the digitilisation process. The process really doesn’t please the pensioners as they have to stand in long queues for endless hours.

As per reports, the EPFO central board of trustees (CBT) will meet in New Delhi today to decide an exit policy for its equity investments. The decision of the CBT on EPFO’s exit policy will decide how the body plans to monetise its stock exposure to benefit subscribers. In October, Union minister Santosh Kumar Gangwar said that EPFO will go paperless in another year as part of Digital India initiative. The retirement fund body has already launched a few online services. If it goes fully digital in the coming year, the subscribers need not visit the offices to get their work done.