Atal Pension Yojana (APY) has now been included under Section 7 of the Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Act 2016. As per the provisions of the Act, any individual who is eligible to receive benefits under the APY will have to furnish proof of possession of the Aadhaar number or undergo enrolment under Aadhaar authentication.
Accordingly, an APY subscriber will have to get the Aadhaar number recorded in his or her APY pension account and also in his/ her savings account where the periodic pension contribution instalments are debited and government co-contribution is to be credited. In case a subscriber is not yet having an Aadhaar card, he/ she should immediately get him/ her enrolled for the Aadhaar card, the government said today.
PFRDA has identified nearly 12.35 lakh subscribers who are eligible for Government of India co-contribution for an amount up to Rs 1000 for the financial year 2016-17, which will be released to the eligible subscribers’ savings bank accounts which are seeded with Aadhaar. “These subscribers are advised to approach their bank or postal branch for seeding their Aadhar number,” the government said.
In recent times, various new initiatives like online viewing of Statement of Transactions (SOT) and online PRAN card under APY have been taken up by PFRDA for facilitating subscribers under the scheme. Atal Pension Yojana currently has more than 54 lakhs subscribers with an asset base of more than Rs 2,200 crore.
It may be noted that with an objective of bringing in transparency, efficiency and to enable beneficiaries to get their entitlement directly in a convenient and seamless manner, Aadhaar card has been constituted as the primary document in identification of the beneficiary under the Aadhaar Act, which came into effect from September 12, 2016.