Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Nov 9:
Odisha government today launched a portal to facilitate lakhs of pensioners in getting digital life certificates who are drawing their pensions from state treasuries.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik dedicated the ‘Integrated Financial Management System (IFMS)’ portal of Finance department to the people and flagged off the launching of ‘Digital Life Certificate Initiative’—Jeevan Pramaan at the state secretariat here.
“I hope, the IFMS will improve governance through better financial management, enhance transparency and accountability by means of information and communication technology. The Digital Life Certificate will enable us to deliver a critical service through the ‘Aadhar’ platform to the senior citizens of the state who have retired after rendering service under the government,” Cheif Minister Naveen Patnaik said.
Notably, Odisha has been one of the few states in the country to implement the IFMS in the country with a focussed approach and clear implementation strategy.
“I hope these two e-governance initiatives will make it more user-friendly. I appreciate the efforts taken by the officials of the Finance department and Directorate of Treasuries and Inspection. I call upon Collectors, Treasury Officers and Branch Managers of the authorised banks disbursing pension to ensure that the Digital Life Certificate initiative is implemented with all sincerity in the interest of the pensioners of the state,” Patnaik added.
The state government pensioners drawing pension from different Treasuries and banks would now be enabled to generate Digital Life Certificate through Aadhaar based biometric devices installed in all 165 Treasuries of the state. The pensioners can also generate and submit Digital Life Certificate at their place through the Jeevan Pramaan Portal.
With this initiative, the pensioners would no longer be required to be physically present before the Pension Disbursing Officer. It will mitigate the hardship faced by the aged and infirm pensioners who find it difficult to present themselves before the designated agencies to secure a life certificate.
The chief minister also greeted the people on the eve of Deepavali. “I take this opportunity to wish all the pensioners good health. Happy Deepavali to all.”