Pension schemes to be tied to Aadhaar card

In order to make the pension disbursal system corruption-free and transparent, Delhi government is going to link social security scheme beneficiaries with their Aadhaar card and make their names public in mohallah sabha and on online platforms.

AAP government will also use Public Financial Management System (PFMS), an online platform that enables real-time tracking of fund disbursement, for transferring money to the beneficiatries’ bank accounts.

According to a senior official, the move was taken after several discrepancies like duplicity, ghost accounts and ineligible account holders were found by the department of social welfare.

“We are trying to end duplicity by linking pension beneficiaries with Aadhar card. The similar process has shown its result in LPG connection, where ghost beneficiaries are now almost negligible. This will bring an end to duplicity and ghost beneficiaries drawing government’s money,” the senior officer said adding that the process of linking accounts have begun, as one-third beneficiaries have furnished their details and rest will be completed soon.

In another path-breaking move AAP government will make the names of all beneficiaries public through their mohalla sabha and online platform and common people will help in keeping a check on the ineligible holders.

“We will also attempt putting a new cross-checking system in place by making names of pension holders public during each mohalla sabha. If a sabha is being held in Patparganj then a list of all the pensioners will be on display. The public will help in checking the authenticity of holders. In case of any dispute, documents will be checked and if found invalid, then accounts will be cancelled,” the officer explained.

Data of beneficiaries will be also available online in the public domain.

MAIL TODAY recently reported that the Delhi government’s Public Grievance Commission (PGC) asked department of social welfare to file a status report, which stated that a pensioner, Murti Devi, was receiving old-age financial assistance since 2008 but it was stopped as she was found to be under age as per the details of her voter ID on the Chief Electoral Office website.

After finding cases where old-age pensions were being drawn wrongly, the PGC has directed Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) to investigate these cases and directed the social welfare departments to take strict measures to check such frauds.

Representatives of the department stated that more such cases have already been unearthed and in over 800 pensions have been stopped.