Pothashang News Service: Imphal, May 22, 2018: Chief minister N. Biren Singh today launched the payment of pension benefit through National Social Assistance Programme NSAP-PPS using Public Financial Management System (PFMS) portal to ease the difficulties faced by the pensioners.
The PFMS was launched at chief minister’s secretariat.
Biren Singh said such system would ease the difficulties and inconvenience faced by the older persons to get their pension. It would ensure complete transparency in the payment of pension to the old and senior people of the state.
Under the PFMS, the funds would be transferred directly to the account of the beneficiaries. Such noble step would surely help the old and needy people of the state. We may recall that it is the vision of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi to have ‘maximum transparency’ in the system, he added.
Biren Singh also said as per the SECC data, more than 2 lakh eligible beneficiaries are available in the state but at present, around 56,000 pensioners are being allotted by the ministry.
He urged the officials and ministry to accommodate the remaining pensioners under the beneficiary list. He stated that the government is trying to issue RuPay cards so that the service can be delivered at their door steps.
Biren Singh urged all the banks to issue the RuPay cards to those eligible beneficiaries at the earliest. He maintained that pensioners who are living in unbanked areas can get their pension through the banking correspondence at their door step.
Minister for social welfare Nemcha Kipgen said that the sole purpose of launching such platform is to reform and simplify the process of the delivery system of the various schemes of the department. Such portal would be able to reach directly to the right and accurate beneficiaries without involving any middleman. This payment system will definitely refine the existing process in welfare schemes for simpler and faster flow of information or funds and to ensure accurate targeting of the beneficiaries, de-duplication and reduction of fraudsters, she added.
She said that she would continue working towards streamlining the process to ensure easier and faster flow of funds and information through DBT for all the schemes given under the department.
Special secretary and financial advisor, ministry of rural development, Jaideep Govind, Dr. J. Suresh Babu, chief economic advisor, ministry of rural development, Sudhakar Shukla, chief secretary of Manipur, director of social welfare, Jacintha Lazarus attended the function.