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Government Spearheads Technological Leap with Face Authentication: Pensioners’ Digital Life Certificates Reach New Heights : Dr. Jitendra

11-12-2023 : The Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare (DoP&PW) has pioneered the use of cutting-edge “Face Recognition Technology” to establish Aadhar-based identification for elderly pensioners, enabling the generation of “Digital Life Certificates.” Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh highlighted this development during a press conference, emphasizing the government’s commitment to leveraging technology for the well-being and dignity of the elderly.

Dr Jitendra Singh underscored the transformative impact of the Digital Life Certificate (DLC) Campaign 2.0 initiated by the DoP&PW, emphasizing the role of banks in providing doorstep services for the annual submission of DLCs, eliminating the need for senior citizens to undergo cumbersome processes. The campaign aimed to enhance pensioners’ welfare through the use of biometric and iris-based Aadhar authentication, along with face recognition technology.

The Minister commended the adoption of Face Authentication Technology in 2021, enabling pensioners to submit life certificates digitally from the comfort of their homes. He highlighted the success of the DLC Campaign 2.0, which saw collaboration with various stakeholders, including Pension Disbursing Banks, Ministries/Departments, Pensioners’ Welfare Associations, UIDAI, and MeitY.

During the campaign held from November 1-30, 2023, at 597 locations in 100 cities across India, over 1.17 crore DLCs were generated. Notably, more than 19.52 lakh DLCs were generated using Face Authentication Technique. The Minister shared that 38.99 lakh DLCs were generated by Central Government Pensioners, with 9.76 lakh using face authentication.

Dr Jitendra Singh highlighted the active participation of pensioners, including over 24,000 individuals above the age of 90 who used digital modes to submit life certificates. The DLC Portal indicated that Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, and West Bengal were leading states in DLC generation, while the State Bank of India and Punjab National Bank emerged as the leading banks.

The Minister emphasized the Modi Government’s commitment to improving pensioners’ welfare, mentioning significant reforms such as enabling family pension without a service duration bar of 10 years and allowing divorced or separated daughters to receive family pension. He also outlined various initiatives, including the BHAVISHYA portal, DIRGHAYU app, Integrated Pensioner Portal, CPENGRAMS grievance portal, ANUBHAV Awards, Pension Adalats, and Pre-Retirement Counselling Workshops.

In conclusion, Secretary of DoP&PW, Shri V. Srinivas, highlighted the DLC Campaign 2.0 as a noteworthy milestone in ensuring the ease of living for pensioners across the country.