No Need to Carry Driving License in Physical Form, Anymore
With the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways issuing a notification, there is no need to carry driving license and other documents related with vehicle in physical form anymore. All these documents in electronic form are valid too, says a notification issued by the government.  
 
"As per the amended provision, the citizen can produce the transport related documents such as registration, insurance, fitness and permit, the driving licence, certificate for pollution under check and any other relevant documents, if required, in physical or electronic form of on demand by any police officer in uniform or any other officer authorised by the state Government in this behalf," says the notification issued by Dharkat R Luikang, under secretary in the Ministry's MVL section.
 
 
Earlier this month, the Ministry issued a notification in the gazette, which allowed use of physical or electronic form for vehicle and driving related certificates and documents. (G.S.R. 1081(E) dated 2nd November 2018)
 
 
"This would enable the use of digital platforms for carrying and verification of the documents and is a step towards citizen facilitation. In view of the above, it is requested to ensure compliance of the amendments made to rule 139 of the Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989 and make the enforcement officers aware of the new provisions so that citizen are not harassed or inconvenienced," says the notification from the Ministry.
 
While some media reports are trying to portraying electronic form as DigiLocker, this is not true. The notification as well as gazette notification does not mention anything about DigiLocker. It simply state 'electronic form', which means, photos of the original driving license or other documents related with vehicles, stored on mobile phone or on email would be considered as valid and at par with physical copies of these documents.
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Ramesh Poapt

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Great!

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DHEERAJ Kumar

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Pensioners can submit life certificate in physical form or digitally in pension paying bank 
November is the month for all pensioners to provide life certificates to their bank so that they would continue to receive their pension. Pensioners can submit life certificate in physical form as well as in digital format through Jeevan Praman portal, which is based on Aadhaar. Also remember, a pension is not a largesse or bounty conferred by the state and thus cannot be denied for want of Aadhaar, as the Supreme Court has said in its 26 September 2018 judgement. This means, pensioners can use alternate for identification.   
 
While most senior citizen pensioners visit bank branches during November and sign on the register as proof of living, some find it difficult to be physically present for this. This usually means a lot of trauma for elders who are not in good health or too old to make it physically to their bank branches. 
 
The government has taken steps to end the pain of this process. However, many pensioners and their care-givers are unaware of it. Here is what you can do.
 
The pensioner is not required to visit her pension paying bank branch in November every year for submitting life certificate. Aadhaar based authentication of life certificate can be submitted online through Jeevan Praman portal by the pensioner, which is also accepted as life certificate, in addition to existing ways of submitting life certificate in physical form.
 
A pensioner can submit life certificate at any branch of her Bank either in person or through her authorised representative. The receiving official will acknowledge receipt of the life certificate, says State Bank of India on its customer care page.
 
A pensioner can submit Aadhaar-based online life certificate through the Jeevan Pramaan website https://jeevanpramaan.gov.in/. A successful authentication generates digital life certificate that gets stored in the Life Certificate Repository, which can be accessed online by the pension disbursing agencies such as bank. But more about it later.
 
An office memorandum, issued by the Central Pension Accounting Office, under the Ministry of Finance, clearly says, "...the pension account holding branches of all authorised banks may be instructed to strictly adhere to the existing norms and do not harass the pensioners/family pensioners by insisting upon presenting themselves physically in the bank if their life certificate is submitted duly signed by the authority specified in Correction Slip No.14..."
 
This means, pensioners who are unable to visit their bank branch, can submit a life certificate, duly signed by a Magistrate, a Registrar or sub-Registrar, a Gazetted Officer, a Police Officer no below the rank of Sub-Inspector, a postmaster, a class I officer of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), a pensioned officer who before retirement exercised powers of a Magistrate, a Justice, a Block Development Officer or Munsif or Tehsildar or Naib Tehsildar, a Head of Village Panchayat, a Member of Parliament or State Legislature or a Treasury Officer..
 
 
(Sample of life certificate)
 
For pensioners receiving pension through their savings account in a public sector bank, the Officer of the bank can sign the life certificate. However, many a times, such pensioners or their family members find it difficult to submit physical copy of the life certificate.
 
A notification issued last year by the department of pensions and pensioner’s welfare, under the ministry of personnel, public grievance and pension, clearly says, “In view of the difficulties faced by old and infirm pensioners, banks should make concrete effort to provide the facility of obtaining life certificate from the premises or residence of such pensioners….personal appearance may be exempted if a life certificate in the prescribed form singed by persons specified….is produced on his (pensioner’s) behalf.” 
 
 
Abhay Datar, a retired banker and expert at Moneylife Foundation’s Helpline says, “"Pensioners, who are not in a physical condition to visit the branch, can request an officer from the bank to visit their home for signing the certificate. Also such pensioners should get a similar certificate from their doctor and attach it with the life certificate while submitting to the bank branch. Also note the pensioner is required to submit such life certificate and doctor's certificate within 30 days of signing the same by designated officer and the doctor."
 
Coming back to the Jeevan Pramaan digital life certificate, which can be obtained through Jeevan Pramaan Centres, banks, government offices or by using an application on computer, mobile (smart phone with fingerprint scanning facility) or tablet. 
 
Here the pensioner needs to bio-metrically authenticate her life certificate in real time by giving her Aadhaar number and other pension details related to her pension bank account.
 
After successful submission of digital life certificate, the pensioner will receive an SMS giving the transaction ID on her mobile number registered with the bank and Aadhaar. The pensioner can also download computer generated life certificate from jeevanpramaan.gov.in using this transaction ID for their records. However, remember, digital life certificate submitted by the pensioner can be authenticated only when the pensioners’ account has been seeded with her Aadhaar number.
 
In case the pensioner does not have an Aadhaar or there are some issues with the biometric authentication, then also she cannot be denied her rightful pension. In its judgement in September this year, the Supreme Court had clearly said, “Pension, as a condition of service, attaches as a recompense for the long years of service rendered by an individual to the state and its instrumentalities. Pensioners grow older with passing age. Many of them suffer from the tribulations of old age including the loss of biometrics. It is unfair and arbitrary on the part of the state to deny pension to a person entitled to it by linking pensionary payments to the possession of an Aadhaar number or to its authentication.” 
 
“A right cannot be denied on the anvil of requiring one and only one means of identification. The pension disbursing authority is entitled to lay down regulations (which are generally speaking, already in place) to ensure the disbursal of pension to the person who is rightfully entitled. This aim of the government can be fulfilled by other less intrusive measures. The requirement of insisting on an Aadhaar number for the payment of pensionary benefits involves a breach of the principle of proportionality. Such a requirement would clearly be contrary to the mandate of Article 14,” the apex court has said. (Page 342-343)
 
In addition, the circular from department of pension and pensioners’ welfare also clearly states, “In case, however, if is not possible to have digital life certificate either through fingerprints or iris scanning, the physical life certificate submitted by the pensioner may be accepted to avoid any harassment to the pensioner. In no case, a pensioner should be returned without accepting his life certificate on account of non-acceptance of his biometric by the system.”
 
This means, pensioner cannot be denied pension for want of Aadhaar number or digital life certificate. Physical life certificate are still valid and continue to be accepted if preferred by the pensioner.
 
 
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Ramesh J. Modi

1 month ago

My pension comes from LIC by way of annuity. I am required to submit "LIFE CERTIFICATE". Can we use "JEEVANPRAMAAN" portal for same.

M.J. Akbar resigns from government as issue snowballs
New Delhi, Oct 17 (IANS and MDT) Minister of State for External Affairs M.J. Akbar resigned from the government on Wednesday following allegations of sexual harassment levelled against him by several women journalists.The resignation came a day before a Delhi court is to take up the defamation case filed by Akbar against one of the journalist Priya Ramani. It is also a day after 20 journalists working for The Asian Age came out in support of Ms Ramani by sending a formal letter to the court asking that their testimonies be heard on the sexual harassment issue.
 
The number of journalists accusing him of sexually predatory behaviour has only been increasing by the day. The 20 women journalists, in their joint statement said, “What Akbar has demonstrated through his legal actions is his refusal to introspect, acknowledge or atone for his actions that have caused immense pain and indeed harm to many women over the years. He himself, in the meanwhile, continues to enjoy enormous power and privilege as minister and Member of Parliament”. The statement talks about the culture of “casual misogyny, entitlement and sexual predation” that Akbar engendered at The Asian Age.Only yesterday, it appeared that Mr Akbar not only plans to brazen it out, but this law firm’s unusual action of listing 97 advocates in the court papers appeared to be an intimidatory tactic.  The impact was exactly the opposite.Mr Akbar, in a statement has said, “Since I have decided to seek justice in a court of law in my personal capacity, I deem it appropriate to step down from office and challenge false accusations levied against me, also in a personal capacity”.
 
Disclaimer: Information, facts or opinions expressed in this news article are presented as sourced from IANS and do not reflect views of Moneylife and hence Moneylife is not responsible or liable for the same. As a source and news provider, IANS is responsible for accuracy, completeness, suitability and validity of any information in this article.

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Deepak Narain

2 months ago

None of the #MeToo accused worldwide has proved his innocence. It were better if Akbar had resigned soon after the allegation emerged. The delay has brought him down further. He is a true Akbar who had kept numberless Hindu women in his harem.

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