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Aadhaar ID Not Mandatory For Getting Pension, Confirms Govt

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| May 15 , 2018 , 14:09 IST

The 12-digit Aadhaar biometric identification card, which has faced considerable controversy over mandatory linking with various services is not mandatory for central government employees to get their pension, Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh said.

According to a PTI report on Tuesday, during the 30th meeting of the Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies, Singh said that the Aadhaar cards are an additional facility to enable the use of technology for submission of life certificates without visiting banks.

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The confirmation that Aadhaar is not mandatory for receiving pension comes in the wake of claims that some retired employees were facing difficulty in getting their respective pensions in the absence of Aadhaar linking with their bank accounts.

Singh also detailed various initiatives that had been started by the central government for the welfare of its employees and pensioners.

"For instance, minimum pension has been increased to Rs 9,000, ceiling of gratuity has been increased to Rs 20 lakh, fixed medical allowance has been increased to Rs 1,000 per month," Singh said.

"Constant attendance allowance has been increased from Rs 4,500 to Rs 6,750 with effect from July 1, 2017. Some benefits relating to income-tax e.g. standard deduction, tax-rebate etc.on interest made available in the Finance Bill, 2018," he said.

There are approximately 48.41 lakh central government employees and 61.17 lakh pensioners.