Dehradun , December 15
Chief Minister Major General (Retd) Bhuwan Chandra Khanduri inaugurated a computing software project dedicated to the task of disbursement of old-age pension of the Social Welfare Department in the state, at a programme held at the secretariat here today.
Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister Khanduri said that the new provision would bring about transparency in maintenance of details of the pension amounts. He said that the new software would also ensure timely and expeditious disbursement of pensions among all eligible beneficiaries. He said that the state government was committed to the welfare of pensioners in the state and was taking all steps to ensure that the eligible beneficiaries got their pension in time.
The Chief Minister said that the significant initiative was a major step forward towards promoting a culture of good governance, clean and transparent administration and accountability in the state. He said that the pensioners would now not have to make repeated rounds of the offices and other camps to get their pensions. The beneficiaries would be able to see the details of the pension online on the website. In addition, he said the software and other online procedures would help in checking erroneous payments such as double payments and payment of any amount to a non-beneficiary.
The Chief Minister expressed the hope that the system would directly benefit the common man as well as the users of the software. He directed that training programmes be conducted for the sake of employees of the concerned departments and make them proficient in the use of this software.
On the occasion, Principal Secretary, Social Welfare Department, S. Raju, said that the pensioners would have to open bank accounts in nearby bank branches to avail the scheme.
It may be mentioned that the Social Welfare Department is the nodal department for implementing the computing software for pension disbursal in the state, while the NIC has prepared the software and would provide technical support in the matter. According to NIC officials present on the occasion, the software is fully secured and user friendly.