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Delhi govt clears all pending pensions

NEW DELHI: The Delhi government on Monday cleared the pending pensions of people who were not getting those due to the Aadhar card linking problem. Nearly 40,000-50,000 people were affected due to the issue.

Delhi Government Cabinet recently approved to remit enhanced pension amount to all beneficiaries irrespective of the upgradation on the National Payments Corporation of India( NPCI) portal. All beneficiaries are advised to get enrolled on NPCI portal (for subsidy) so that they would not face any problem in the continuity of their pensions in future.

"All grievances should be minimised with immediate effect at the district level and district officers should ensure that no one should come to resolve the problem twice," directed Rajendra Pal Gautam, Minister for Social Welfare Department.

Officials said that it was also ensured to revamp all district offices on the lines of Modal District Office West located at Tilak Nagar where facilities like single window system, separate help desk, waiting area, availability of drinking water, a cleaniless, token system to minimise the hassle while waiting for their turn are being provided.

Nearly 50,000 people were suffering due to this issue and the department received many such complaints. The department also realised that despite the allocations due to the issues of Aadhar the people were facing such problems. The government after the meeting with social welfare minister Rajendra Pal Gautam has released the money and the people are expected to get the money by this week.

Earlier in July, The Aam Aadmi Party government on ruled that Aadhaar card will not be required to access the benefits of the widow, old age and disability pensions. The Delhi Cabinet gave a nod to the proposal of the Social Welfare Department to delink welfare schemes from Aadhaar.

"Many people face problems due to the inability of banks to link Aadhaar with their bank account. The Cabinet has decided to delink Aadhaar from the widow and old age pension," said Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who chaired the meeting. Adding to this Gautam said, "The decision today by our Cabinet ensures immediate relief to beneficiaries. Now beneficiaries would not be penalized for system-related reasons. They will get the enhanced pension, as well as pension at old rates, stopped due to lack of Aadhaar." Recently, the Supreme Court had also ruled that Aadhaar should not be made mandatory for any pension funds in the country.

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