PFMS portal to ease the hassles of Manipuri pensioners
Imphal, May 22 (EMN): To ease the difficulties faced by the pensioners in Manipur, the payment of pension benefit through National Social Assistance Programme (NSAP) using Public Financial Management System (PFMS) portal was launched in Imphal on May 22.
The Manipur’s Chief Minister N Biren Singh, Social Welfare Minister Nemcha Kipgen, Special Secretary & Financial Advisor, Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India, Jaideep Govind, Chief Secretary of Manipur, Dr J Suresh Babu, Chief Economic Advisor, Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India, Sudhakar Shukla, Director of Social Welfare, Government of Manipur Jacintha Lazarus and other officials attended the formal launching function at Chief Minister’s Secretariat.
Speaking at the function, Chief Minister’s N Biren Singh said, ‘such system would ease the difficulties and inconvenience faced by the older persons to get their pension.’
The platform will ensure complete transparency in the payment of pension to the old and senior people of the state, he added.
Through the PFMS, cash entitlements would be transferred directly to the account of the beneficiaries.
As per the socio-economic caste census data, more than 2 lakh eligible beneficiaries are available in Manipur but at present only about 56,000 pensioners are being allotted by the ministry. Acknowledging this, Biren urged the ministry officials to accommodate the remaining pensioners.
Further, he informed that those pensioners who are unable to visit banks can get the benefits through RuPay cards which can deliver the service at their door steps.
The minister for social welfare Nemcha Kipgen remarked, ‘the sole purpose of launching such platform was to reform and simplify the process of the delivery system of 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. It will reduce duplication and fraudsters, she added.
Further, Kipgen said that she would continue working towards streamlining the process to ensure easier and faster flow of funds for all schemes given under the department.