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To ease the difficulties faced by the pensioners of the State, Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh launched the payment of pension benefit through National Social Assistance Programme NSAP-PPS using Public Financial Management System (PFMS) portal. The launching function was held at Chief Minister’s Secretariat today.

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Speaking at the function, Chief Minister said that such system would ease the difficulties and inconvenience faced by the older persons to get their pension. Such platform would ensure complete transparency in the payment of pension to the old and senior people of the State, he added. Under the PFMS, the funds/money 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 Shri Narendra Modi to have ‘maximum transparency’ in the system, he added.

Chief Minister said that 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 Ministry. Chief Minister urged the officials and Ministry to accommodate the remaining pensioners under the beneficiary list. He stated that those pensioners who are unable to visit the banks, the government is trying to issue RuPay cards so that we can deliver the service at their door steps. He urged all the Banks to issue the said 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.

On the occasion, Minister for Social Welfare Smt. 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.

Minister 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 & Financial Advisor, Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India, Shri Jaideep Govind, Chief Secretary of Manipur, Dr. J. Suresh Babu, Chief Economic Advisor, Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India, Shri Sudhakar Shukla, Director of Social Welfare, Government of Manipur Smt. Jacintha Lazarus and other officials attended the function.

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