Defence Pensioners requested to complete their Annual Identification immediately


The process of Annual Identification/Life Certification is a statutory requirement for continued and timely credit of monthly pension. However, upon verification of data received as on 30 June 2022, it has been noticed that 22,939 Pensioners who have been migrated to System for Pension Administration (Raksha) i.e. SPARSH, have not completed their annual identification.


Further, in the case of legacy pensioners (pre-2016 retirees who are not on SPARSH) who continue to be on the old system of Pensions, it is informed that nearly 45,500 pensioners have not completed their annual identification through any of the means available.


All Defence Pensioners who are yet to complete their annual identification, have to complete their annual identification/life certification immediately to ensure smooth processing of monthly pension. Annual Identification/Life Certification can be done via the following means:




  1. Via the Digital Jeevan Pramaan online/Jeevan Pramaan Face App for Android Users


  1. Details of installation & usage may be found here: https://jeevanpramaan.gov.in/package/documentdowload/JeevanPramaan_FaceApp_3.6_Installation
  2. SPARSH Pensioner:  Please choose Sanctioning Authority as “ Defence – PCDA (P) Allahabad” & Disbursing Authority as “SPARSH – PCDA (Pensions) Allahabad
  3. Legacy Pensioner (pre-2016 Retiree): Please choose your respective Sanctioning Authority as “Defence – Jt.CDA(AF) Subroto Park” or Defence – PCDA (P) Allahabad” or “Defence – PCDA (Navy) Mumbai & Disbursing Authority as your respective pension disbursing bank.


  1. Pensioners may also visit Common Service Centres (CSCs) for completion of Annual Identification. Find your nearest CSC here: https://findmycsc.nic.in/
  2. Pensioners may also visit their nearest DPDO for updation of Life Certification. Legacy Pensioners may continue to update their Life Certification with their respective banks.






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Defence Pensioners Requested to Complete Annual Identification by June 25, 2022


The Ministry of Defence has extended the timeline for completing the annual identification/life certification by those defence pensioners who are yet to complete the same, until 25th June 2022.


Upon verification of data received as of 25th May 2022, it is noticed that 34,636 Pensioners who have been migrated to SPARSH have not completed their annual identification – neither online nor through their respective banks by November 2021. The April 2022 Monthly Pension was credited through a special one-time waiver for 58,275 Pensioners (out of 4.47 lakh Migrated Pensioners on SPARSH), as their annual identification details could not be verified by their respective banks by month-closing.


The process of Annual Identification/Life Certification is a statutory requirement for continued and timely credit of monthly pension. In the absence of Annual Identification/Life Certification, the initial waiver was given till 25 May 2022 and the same has now been extended by MoD till June 25, 2022.


Annual Identification/Life Certification can be done via the following means:


  1. Via the Digital Jeevan Pramaan online/Jeevan Pramaan Face App for Android Users

    1. Details of installation & usage may be found here: https://jeevanpramaan.gov.in/package/documentdowload/JeevanPramaan_FaceApp_3.6_Installation
    2. SPARSH Pensioner:  Please choose Sanctioning Authority as “ Defence – PCDA (P) Allahabad” & Disbursing Authority as “SPARSH – PCDA (Pensions) Allahabad
    3. Legacy Pensioner (pre-2016 Retiree): Please choose your respective Sanctioning Authority as “Defence – Jt.CDA(AF) Subroto Park” or Defence – PCDA (P) Allahabad” or “Defence – PCDA (Navy) Mumbai& Disbursing Authority as your respective pension disbursing bank/DPDO etc.

  2. Pensioners may also visit Common Service Centres (CSCs) for completion of Annual Identification. Find your nearest CSC here: https://findmycsc.nic.in/
  3. Pensioners may also visit their nearest DPDO for updation of Life Certification. Legacy Pensioners may continue to update their Life Certification with their respective banks.




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Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare issues instructions laying down procedure and time-line for change of option by the pensioners/family pensioners for availing OPD facility under CGHS or Fixed Medical Allowance


As per the existing instructions, pensioners/family pensioners residing in an area not covered by CGHS have the option to avail Fixed Medical Allowance (FMA) of Rs. 1000/- per month in lieu of OPD facility under CGHS. The pensioners/family pensioners can change the option from FMA to OPD facility under CGHS or vice versa once during their life time. Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, GoI, has now issued instructions laying down the procedure and time-line for change of option by the pensioners/family pensioners for availing OPD facility under CGHS or Fixed Medical Allowance.


As per these instructions, if a pensioner/family pensioner in receipt of FMA, intends to avail the OPD facility under CGHS, he/she may apply to the concerned pension disbursing bank for discontinuation of FMA. The pension disbursing bank shall discontinue the payment of FMA and issue a certificate to this effect within three working days from the date of receipt of application. Thereafter, the pensioner can apply to the concerned CGHS authorities for issue of CGHS card after paying requisite CGHS contributions, if not already paid and the CGHS authorities will, issue a provisional CGHS card to the pensioner/family pensioner within four working days from the date of completion of all formalities and deposit of contributions by the pensioner/family pensioner, till issue of a regular CGHS Card.




If a pensioner/family pensioner, who is availing CGHS/medical facility for both IPD and OPD, intends to avail FMA while residing in a non-CGHS area or on shifting of residence from a CGHS area to a non-CGHS area, he can  apply to the CGHS authorities for  surrender of OPD facility under CGHS. The CGHS authorities will make necessary endorsement on the CGHS card and issue a certificate within four working days from the date of receipt of application, that the pensioner/family pensioner is not availing OPD facility. Thereafter, the pensioner/family pensioner can submit an application to the Head of Office along with  a copy of the surrender certificate for issue of a revised pension payment authority for payment of FMA. The revised Pension Payment Authority will be issued within two months from the date of submission of application by the pensioner/family pensioner. The payment of FMA in such cases will be made from the date of issue of the surrender certificate by the CGHS authorities.


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