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Indian state brings fingerprint biometrics to doorstep for pensioners



Pensioners in Hyderabad can now submit their Aadhaar-based and biometrics-enabled digital life verification certificates from home through a doorstep service announced by the government of the southern Indian state and reported by the Deccan Chronicle.

This service is being launched in response to the vulnerability of older people, like pensioners, to the global pandemic. Jeevan Praman certificates are required by the government to be submitted on an annual basis to receive pension benefits.

The certificate can now be produced in Hyderabad either at the post office, or by the postman from one’s front door, by scanning their fingerprint biometrics. The new doorstep Jeevan Praman submission and biometric identity verification service costs Rs 70 (US$0.95), according to the Chronicle.

The Employees Provident Fund Organisation also says online certificate submissions are now available to pensioners year-round, instead of only in November and December.

Telangana is also calling on pensioners to submit their Jeevan Pranam digitally, such as through the T App Folio.

India’s postal service also provides doorstep biometric services for the Jan Dhan financial inclusion program.

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