Aadhaar made compulsory for Atal Pension Yojana. Application to be made by 15-06-2017. Pending that Benefit to be given on the basis of specified identification documents
MINISTRY OF FINANCE
(Department of Financial Services)
New Delhi, the 11th May, 2017
S.O. 1512(E).—Whereas, the use of Aadhaar as identity document for delivery of services or benefits or subsidies simplifies the Government delivery processes, brings in transparency and efficiency, and enables beneficiaries to get their entitlements directly in a convenient and seamless manner and Aadhaar obviates the need for producing multiple documents to prove one’s identity;
And whereas, the Department of Financial Services (hereinafter referred to as the Department), Ministry of Finance in the Government of India is administering the Scheme of Atal Pension Yojana (APY) (hereinafter referred to as the Scheme) as notified under Gazette Notification dated the 16th October, 2015 and as amended vide notifications dated the 19th January, 2016 and 22nd March, 2016 for its subscribers (hereinafter referred to as the beneficiaries). The Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) (hereinafter referred to as the Regulator) regulates and lays down the procedure for identification of the beneficiaries under the Scheme. The Scheme is implemented through the Regulators’ Offices and branches of the Banks and Post offices (hereinafter referred to as the Intermediaries);
And whereas, the Central Government guarantees the minimum monthly pension and makes its co-contribution (hereinafter referred to as the benefits) for the eligible beneficiaries for which the expenditure is incurred from the Consolidated Fund of India;
Now, therefore, in pursuance of the provisions of section 7 of the Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Act, 2016 (18 of 2016) (hereinafter referred to as the said Act), the Central Government hereby notifies the following, namely:—
1. (1) An individual eligible for receiving the benefits under the Scheme is hereby required to furnish proof of possession of Aadhaar number or undergo Aadhaar authentication.
(2) Any individual desirous of availing or receiving benefits under the Scheme but does not possess the Aadhaar number or, has not yet enrolled for Aadhaar, is hereby required to make application for Aadhaar enrollment by 15th June, 2017 provided she or he is entitled to obtain Aadhaar as per section 3 of the said Act and such individuals shall visit any Aadhaar enrolment centre (list available at Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) website www.uidai.gov.in) to get enrolled for Aadhaar.
(3) As per regulation 12 of Aadhaar (Enrolment and Update) Regulations, 2016, the Regulator through its offices and the Intermediaries, which requires an individual to furnish Aadhaar, is required to offer Aadhaar enrolment facilities for the beneficiaries who are not yet enrolled for Aadhaar and in case there is no Aadhaar enrolment centre located in the respective Block or Taluka or Tehsil, the Regulator through its offices and the Intermediaries is required to provide Aadhaar enrolment facilities at convenient locations in coordination with the existing Registrars of UIDAI or by becoming UIDAI Registrar themselves:
Provided that till the time Aadhaar is assigned to the individual, benefits under the Scheme shall be given to such individuals, subject to the production of the following identification documents, namely:–
(a) (i) if she or he has enrolled, her or his Aadhaar Enrolment ID slip; or
(ii) a copy of her or his request made for Aadhaar enrolment, as specified in sub-paragraph (b) of
paragraph 2 below; and
(b) (i) Bank or Post office Passbook with Photo; or (ii) Permanent Account Number (PAN) Card; or (iii) Passport; or (iv) Ration Card; or (v) Employee Government ID Card; or (vi) Voter Identity Card; or (vii) MGNREGS card; or (viii) Kisan Photo passbook; or (ix) Driving license issued by Licensing Authority under the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 (59 of 1988); or (x) Certificate of identity having photo of such member issued by a Gazetted Officer or a Tehsildar on an official letter head; or (xi) Any other document as specified by the Regulator;
Provided further that the above documents shall be checked by an officer specifically designated by the Regulator for that purpose.
2. In order to provide convenient and hassle free benefits to the beneficiaries under the Scheme, the Regulator through its Offices and the Intermediaries shall make all the required arrangements including the following, namely:—
(a) Wide publicity through media and individual notices shall be given to the beneficiaries to make them aware of the requirement of Aadhaar under the Scheme and they may be advised to get themselves enrolled at the nearest Aadhaar enrolment centres available in their areas by 15th June, 2017, in case they are not already enrolled. The list of locally available enrolment centres (list available at www.uidai.gov.in) shall be made available to them.
(b) In case, the beneficiaries of the Scheme are not able to enroll for Aadhaar due to non-availability of enrolment centres in the near vicinity such as in the Block or Taluka or Tehsil, the Regulator through its offices and the Intermediaries are required to create Aadhaar enrolment facilities at convenient locations, and the beneficiaries may be requested to register their requests for Aadhaar enrolment by giving their names, addresses, mobile numbers and other details as specified in the proviso to sub-paragraph (3) of paragraph 1, with the concerned official of the Regulator or the Intermediary or through the web portal provided for the purpose.
3. This notification shall come into effect from the date of its publication in the Official Gazette in all States and Union territories except the States of Assam, Meghalaya and Jammu and Kashmir.
[F. No. 11/14/2016-PR]
SUCHINDRA MISRA, Jt. Secy.