The Finance Division has made it mandatory for pensioners living abroad to submit life certificate in place of biometric verification to get pension.
The Ministry of Finance in a notification has stated that through a SRO issued on January 28, 2021, it was made mandatory for pensioners to ensure verification of biometric in order to receive pension.
The ministry, however, stated that the pensioners receiving pension abroad through Pakistan Mission Office, Ministry of Foreign Affairs chief accounts officer MOFA will continue to provide proof of life through a medical certificate or by way of life certificate signed by a gazetted officer of Pakistan Mission in that area/country.
The Pakistan Mission, shall forward the life certificate or medical certificate through chief accountants office, MOFA, to accounts office concerned for information and record purposes.
Earlier, amid complaints from pensioners, the government had also allowed the life certificates if the NADRA machine could not read the fingerprints due to overage.—TLTP