Electronic PPO in DigiLocker 

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Department of Pension and Pensioner’s Welfare (DoPPW) has decided to integrate the electronic Pension Payment Order (e-PPO) generated through PFMS application of CGA (Controller General of Accounts), with DigiLocker, in order to enhance ease of living of central government civil pensioners. 

  • This system will enable any Pensioner to obtain an instant print-out of the latest copy of their PPO, from their Digi Locker account. 
  • This initiative will create a permanent record of their respective PPO in their Digi Locker and at the same time eliminate delays in reaching the PPO to new Pensioners, as well as the necessity of handing over a physical copy. 
  • This was a target set to be accomplished for Civil Ministries by 2021-22, which the Department completed ahead of time in view of the Covid-19 pandemic. 
  • This facility has been created with ‘Bhavishya’ software, which is a single window platform for Pensioners, right from the start of their Pension processing, till the end of the process. “Bhavishya” shall now provide an option to retiring employee, to link their Digi-locker account with their “Bhavishya” account and obtain their e-PPO in a seamless manner. 

What is DigiLocker? 

  • DigiLocker is a platform for issuance and verification of documents & certificates in a digital way, thus eliminating the use of physical documents. 
  • Indian citizens who sign up for a DigiLocker account get a dedicated cloud storage space that is linked to their Aadhaar (UIDAI) number. 
  • Organisations that are registered with Digital Locker can push electronic copies of documents and certificates (e.g. driving license, Voter ID, School certificates) directly into citizens lockers. 
  • Citizens can also upload scanned copies of their legacy documents in their accounts. These legacy documents can be electronically signed using the eSign facility. 

Benefits of ‘DigiLocker’ 

  • The platform has the following benefits: 
  • Citizens can access their digital documents anytime, anywhere and share it online. This is convenient and time saving. 
  • It reduces the administrative overhead of Government departments by minimising the use of paper. 
  • Digital Locker makes it easier to validate the authenticity of documents as they are issued directly by the registered issuers. 
  • Self-uploaded documents can be digitally signed using the eSign facility (which is similar to the process of self-attestation). 

Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar 

Ministry of Women and Child Development has invited nominations for the Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar – 2021 from children, individuals and institutions. 

About ‘Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar’ 

  • The Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskarwas instituted to felicitate meritorious children, individuals and institutions of the country. These awards are given under two categories – Bal Shakti Puraskar and Bal Kalyan Puraskar. 
  • While the Bal Shakti Puraskar aims to give recognition to children who have achieved extraordinarily in various fields including innovation, scholastic, sports, art & culture, social service and bravery, the Bal Kalyan Puraskar is given as recognition to Individuals and Institutions, who have made an outstanding contribution towards service for children in the field of child development, child protection and child welfare. 
  • The Awards are given by the Hon’ble President of India in Darbar Hall, Rashtrapati Bhavan in the week preceding Republic Day every year. Hon’ble Prime Minister of India also felicitates the Awardees. The Awardees of Bal Shakti Puraskar also take part in Republic Day Parade on the 26th of January on Rajpath, New Delhi. 
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