Punjab CM Amarinder Singh Orders Removal Of Ineligible Pension Beneficiaries
In order to remove ineligible beneficiaries of the pension scheme, the State Government of Punjab ordered a survey. Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh directed that the survey on pension beneficiaries would be clubbed with the ongoing review of the Atta-Dal scheme to remove ineligible candidates from the list.
The Punjab Chief Minister also releases a series of new criteria to ensure that only needy & eligible people get the benefit of pensions and the state government’s financial assistance schemes. The survey would be undertaken by the Department of Social Security and Women and Child Development.
CM Amrinder Singh directed the introduction of new forms in a department meeting, with the new criteria, to be filled up by all pensioners, including the existing ones, in order to streamline the process and free the beneficiaries from the clutches of sarpanches and village-level functionaries.
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A Spokesperson said that the existing pensioners, however, will continue to get the pension benefit pending review of the list, it was decided at the meeting.
It was decided in the meeting that a quarterly pension system would bring about greater transparency in the system.
The spokesperson added that as per the new criteria which the meeting agreed upon, the Aadhar card will replace the ration card as certification document for all applicants, who would also be required to verify their land ownership, which would then need to be reverified from the Patwari.
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