Aadhaar Not Mandatory For Getting Pension: Govt

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New Delhi: Aadhaar card is not mandatory for central government employees to get their pension, minister of state for personnel Jitendra Singh has said.

In 30th meeting of the Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies in New Delhi recently, he said Aadhaar is an additional facility to enable the use of technology for submission of life certificate without the need for visiting banks.

His assertion assumes significance as there were reports of some retired employees facing difficulty in getting the pension in the absence of Aadhaar linkage with their bank accounts. The minister clarified that Aadhaar has not been made mandatory for getting pension for government employees, according to the minutes of the meeting.

Aadhaar is a 12-digit number, issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), that acts as identification and address proof. There are about 48.41 lakh central government employees and 61.17 lakh pensioners.

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