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Vikash Sharma

In a bid to bring in ease of living for the retired and elderly citizens, the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Science & Technology Jitendra Singh on Monday launched unique Face Recognition Technology for pensioners.

As per official sources, the technology will benefit 68 lakh Central Government pensioners and crores of pensioners from EPFO and State Governments.

“Face Recognition Technique of giving Life Certificate is a historic and far reaching reform, since it will touch the lives of not only 68 lakh Central Government Pensioners but also crores of pensioners who fall outside the jurisdiction of this Department such as EPFO, State Government Pensioners,” said Singh.

As per a PIB release, the Minister further said the Department of Pension has been extensively using technology to achieve this. Introduction of Digital Life Certificate, introduction of an intelligent common software “Bhavishya” for all Government of India Ministries for processing Pension cases are the examples.

He said the effort in issuing Electronic PPOs and pushing the same in Digi locker is a huge step towards Ease of Living and transparency.

“The Department of Pension had started the system of registering Pensioners’ Associations in different cities and with around 46 registered Associations in different cities, the Department has been able to strengthen its hands in being able to reach the grass-root level of the Pensioners for helping them as well as taking help from them in spreading awareness of the Pension Policy Reforms,” said Singh.

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