Guidelines for Acceptance of Life Certificate by Pension Disbursing Banks for NRI Pensioners/Family Pensioners
The Central Pension Accounting Office (CPAO) has issued an Office Memorandum addressing grievances related to the non-acceptance of Life Certificates by Pension Disbursing Banks on issuance by other authorized banks for NRI Pensioners Retirees of Govt. of India across international geographies. The memorandum emphasizes the acceptance of life certificates issued by officers of Indian Authorized Banks outside of India, with due verification of Life Certificate issuing authority, to ensure smooth disbursement of pension and family pension.
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF FINANCE
DEPARTMENT OF EXPENDITURE
CENTRAL PENSION ACCOUNTING OFFICE
TRIKOOT-II, BHIKAJI CAMA PLACE,
CPAO/IT&Tech/Bank Performance/ 37 Vol-III(A)/ 10638/ 2022-23/268
Sub:- Issuance of Life Certificate to NRI Pensioners Retirees of Govt. of India across International Gcographies – reg.
Central Pension Accounting Office (CPAO) has been receiving grievances regarding non acceptance of Life Certificate by Pension Disbursing Banks on issuance of the same by other authorised bank. In this regard, attention is invited to Para 14.2, Para 14.3 and Para 16.3 (of Para 16- Payment of Pension to N.R.I. Pensioners) of “Scheme for Payment of Pensions to Central Government Civil Pensioners by Authorised Banks” issued by this office. In terms of codal provisions mentioned above, the life certificate in respect of NRI Pensioners/Family Pensioners issued by an officer of an Indian Authorised Bank attached to its branch in the country (outside India) where the pensioner is residing may be accepted by the CPPCs.
2. In view of above, all the CPPCs of authorized banks are requested to strictly follow above mentioned guidelines and accept the life certificate in respect of NRI Pensioners/Family Pensioners signed by the officer of an Indian authorised bank’s Foreign Branch (authorised by CPAO for Pension Disbursement) after due verification of Life Certificate issuing authority for smooth disbursement of pension/family pension.
This issues with the approval of the Chief Controller (Pensions).
(Satish Kumar Garg)
Sr. Accounts Officer (IT & Tech)