LETTER ADDRESSED BY OUR GENERAL SECRETARY TO THE DGM & CDO ON 07.02.2012, ABOUT UPLOADING PAN TO HRMS SITE
Shri M. V. Narayana, 7th February, 2012
Dy General Manager & CDO,
State Bank of India,
Local Head Office,
WITHHOLDING OF PENSION FOR NOT UPLOADING PAN TO HRMS SITE
We write with reference to the meeting we had had with you on 06.02.12 when we submitted the difficulties faced by the pensioners in the captioned matter. While we are grateful that time for submission of PAN has been extended and the family pensioners have been exempted from submission, the prob,em still persists in respect of thousands of pensioners whose pension income is below the income level for the tax net i.e., Rs 2.5 lacs. The difficulties are as under :
1. Most of the pensioners are not aware that PAN has to be submitted separately for their pension income which though is less than Rs 2.5 lacs. A very large number of them is under the impression that the PAN being already on record with the Bank should automatically reflect in Pension Account.
2. For any person there is only one CIF number for all his accounts at the Branch and the Pension Account is no exception. Thus submission of another copy of PAN separately could be superfluous.
3. In many cases, the Branches are not able to enter PAN to the HRMS portal. Some 3/4 such cases, we had to get entered through the good offices of Smt. S. Pati of PPG Department.
4. The branches have not brought to the notice of the pensioners the requirement of submission of PAN separately for Pension Account and the fact that the pension would be withheld for such non-submission.
We are happy that after discussions, you appreciated the problems and difficulties and instructed PPG Department on the following lines :
i) The Branches should, wheever the PAN and PF No. are available on a deposit account of the pensioner, upload the PAN from deposit account to HRMS site i.e. for Pension Account.
ii) Notices ought to be given now in the branches for the SBI pensioners (excepting family pensioners) that the last date for submission of PAN for HRMS portal has been fixed at 20.03.12 and pensioners should submit a self attested copy of PAN mendioning thereon the PF Index No. of the pensioner.
You had also kindly suggested to PPG Department to explore if some kind of logistic assistance could be extended to those pensioners who are yet to obtain a PAN.
It is a matter of satisfaction that as per data available with PPG Department only 5 people above the pension income level of Rs 2.5lacs are still to submit their PAN for HRMS. In this connection, we would like to again submit that as for those pensioners whose pension is below Rs 2.5 lacs, there is really no justification for insisting on uploading their PAN in the HRMS as there would be no need to deduct tax from pension and credit the same to their PAN. We wish that this be reconsidered again and, at least, more time is given to them for compliance.
Sd/- R. N. Banerjee