There have been instances wherein pensioners over a period of time have lost their original pension payment order or PPO and faced difficulties in its absence. And now given the pandemic situation, new retired personnels were finding it troublesome to get their PPO hard copies in person. So, considering all these issues, the Department of Pension & Pensioners' Welfare (DoPPW) has taken a decision which will come in handy for central government pensioners as they can now store their electronic Pension payment order (e-PPO) generated via PFMS application of CGA (Controller General of Accounts) in Digi Locker.
Pension payment order or PPO is a unique code or number allotted to employees' pension scheme (EPS) pensioners which enable them to receive their pension post-retirement.
And now through the integration of e-PPO and Digi Locker, pensioners will be able to take the print out of their recent PPO using their Digilocker account. Also the facility would help in establishing a permanent record of pensioners' PPO in their Digi Locker.
Furthermore, the need to hand over a hard copy of PPO to the pensioner will be done away with and there shall be no delay in providing new pensioners with the PPO. Though the Civil Ministries targeted to accomplish this integration by 2021-22, the department amid the pandemic situation has done it well ahead of time.
Steps To Store E-Pension Payment Order (e-PPO) In Digi Locker
The facility has been provided over 'Bhavishya' software, a single-window portal for pensioners which assists right from the initiation of pension processing till the end. So, now retiring employees can link their Bhavishya account with their Digi-Locker and get access to their e-PPO in an easy and smooth manner.
Here are detailed the steps which need to be followed for storing e-PPO in Digi Locker:
1. The retired officials can link their digi locker account with their respective Bhavishya account for getting access to their e-PPO both while submitting their retirement forms and even after that.
2. Then the retired pensioner will login into their Digi Locker account using Bhavishya and authorize the latter for pushing e-PPO to Digi Locker.
3. And as and when the e-PPO is allotted, it is pushed into corresponding Digi Locker and the pensioner is intimated about the same via SMS and E-mail by Bhavishya.
4. Now the retiree can view or download the e-PPO by logging into his or her Digi Locker account.