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Aadhaar Not Mandatory For Getting Pension: Govt

Aadhaar card is not mandatory for central government employees to get their pension, Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh has said.

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 here 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.

Singh cited various initiatives 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,” the minister 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.
Hold elections with ballot papers: Uddhav Thackeray to BJP

Strap: The move will clear people’s apprehensions about EVMs, says Shiv Sena chief

Mumbai: Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday challenged the BJP to hold elections through ballot papers to clear doubts over the use of electronic voting machines (EVMs). As votes for the Karnataka elections were counted and the BJP seemed set to emerge as the single largest party, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray agreed with Uddhav Thackeray.

“This is a victory for the Electronic Voting Machine,” he tweeted.

Uddhav Thackeray pointed out that the BJP was losing bypolls but winning assembly elections.

“If you (BJP) trust yourself, hold elections through ballot papers once,” Uddhav Thackeray said, reacting to the Karnataka election results. “When so many people are asking for it, it will clear apprehensions (on the use of EVMs) once and for all,” Uddhav Thackeray told reporters.

Elections come and go, he added when asked about the Karnataka elections being the first major poll battle after Rahul Gandhi became Congress president. “Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. One should keep working,” he said.

The Sena leader congratulated the BJP for its success in Karnataka polls and hoped that people of that state would now witness ‘acchhe din’. Former Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chavan said the Congress and the Janata Dal (S) could together form the next government in Karnataka. “If statesmanship is shown, this can happen as we together have a majority in the Karnataka Assembly,” the Congress leader told the media.

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