Aadhaar linkage not mandatory for getting pension: Union Government

May 16, 2018 13:21 IST
Aadhaar linkage not mandatory for getting pension: Union Government

The Union Government has clarified that the Aadhaar card is not mandatory for central government employees to get their pension.

The information was shared by the Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh during the 30th meeting of the Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies. The Minister stated that Aadhaar is an additional facility to enable the use of technology for submission of life certificate without the need for visiting banks.

The minister clarified that Aadhaar has not been made mandatory for getting pension for government employees.

Significance

The announcement is of 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.

Background

• There are about 48.41 lakh central government employees and 61.17 lakh pensioners in the country.

• Aadhaar, the 12-digit unique identity number is the world's largest biometric ID system.

• It was issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), a statutory authority established in January 2009 by the Union Government of India.

• The constitutional validity of the biometric ID system is currently being contested in the Supreme Court, as people feel that mandatory linking of Aadhaar with bank accounts, mobile phones and government schemes is a violation of their right to privacy, a fundamental right.

 



Besides this, Jitendra Singh cited various initiatives started by the Union government for the welfare of its employees and pensioners.

The Union Government has increased the minimum pension of government employees to Rs 9,000, ceiling of gratuity to Rs 20 lakh and fixed medical allowance to Rs 1,000 per month.

The government also increased the constant attendance allowance from Rs 4,500 to Rs 6,750 with effect from July 1, 2017. Benefits relating to income-tax such standard deduction and tax-rebate on interest have also been introduced in the Finance Bill 2018.

Aadhaar not mandatory for mobile SIMs as well

  • The centre recently directed the telecom companies to start accepting other identity proofs such as driving licence, passport and voter ID card while providing mobile SIMs.
  • The centre made it clear that Aadhar would not be mandatory to get a mobile SIM.
  • The move comes after the Supreme Court questioned the Centre for using its earlier order on 'mandatory authentication of users' as a 'tool' by asking telecom companies to link their mobile numbers with Aadhaar. 
  • The apex court has already clarified that Aadhaar is not mandatory for getting SIM cards until it takes a final view on the matter.

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