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Consolidated instructions on Life Certificate for Pensioners living in Abroad.

Pensioners residing abroad are facing the difficulties and inconvenience with respect to submission of Life Certificate as well as commencement/ continuation of family pension. In this regard Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare has issued Consolidated instructions on Life Certificate for Pensioners living in Abroad and commencement of Family Pension
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pension
Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare
8th Floor, Janpath Bhawan,
Janpath, New Delhi-01
Dated: 20th February, 2020
Subject: Consolidated instructions on Life Certificate and commencement of family pension if pensioner / family pensioner is living abroad
This Department has been receiving grievances of pensioners residing abroad mentioning the difficulties and inconvenience faced by them with respect to submission well as commencement/continuation of family pension. Instructions have already been issued from time to time on the above subject in order to ensure Ease of Living for them. The circulars have been consolidated and are as under:
i. In the case of a pensioner residing abroad, the following methods are available for submission of life certificate –
a. If he/she is drawing pension through any bank included in the Second Schedule to the Reserve Bank of India Act, 1934, the life certificate may be signed by an officer of the Bank.
b. An authorized official of the Embassy of India/High Commission of India/Indian Consulates may issue the life certificate.
c. In case the pensioner is unable to visit the Embassy/Consulate, he/she may submit requisite documents by post to the Embassy/Consulate, including Doctor’s Certificate showing the pensioner’s inability to present himself/herself in person. Embassy of India/High Commission/Indian Consulate may also assist pensioners/family pensioners in submission of the Life Certificate.
d. A Pensioner, not resident in India, in respect of whom a duly authorized agent produces a Life Certificate, signed by a magistrate or a notary or an officer of an Indian authorized Bank or Diplomatic Representative of India, is exempted from special appearance.
e.There have been complaints that life certificate submitted over the counter of pension paying branches are misplaced causing delay in payment of monthly pension. In order to alleviate the hardship faced by pensioners, agency banks are instructed to mandatorily issue duly signed acknowledgements. They were also advised to consider entering the receipt of life certificate in CBS and issue a system generated acknowledgements which would serve the twin purpose of acknowledgement as well as real time updation of records. (RBI/2018-1971 DGBA.GBD.No.-1/31.02.007/2018-19, dated 2nd July, 2018 Click to Read)