Tamil Nadu to expand biometric smart card-based pension scheme

January 21st, 2012 - 7:26 pm ICT by IANS  

Chennai, Jan 21 (IANS) The Tamil Nadu government has decided to expand statewide the disbursement of social security pension based on biometric smart card through banks after positive feedback on the pilot scheme.

A statement issued here Saturday said Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa has ordered the expansion of biometric smart card-based distribution of social security pension of Rs.1,000 per month at the beneficiary’s door steps.

The scheme, first introduced in some blocks in Cuddalore and Tiruchirapalli districts last September, got good response from the pensioners and the government decided to expand it state wide in phases.

In the first phase the scheme will be introduced in 4,385 villages having a population of over 2,000 people by this June. In the second phase, the scheme will be introduced in villages having a population of 1,000-2,000, and in the third phase the remaining villages, cities would be covered.

Under the system, the beneficiaries would have to open a bank account. With the help of biometric smart cards banks through their correspondent banking channel would disburse the pension directly at the doorsteps of the pensioners.

The system would eliminate bogus pensioners.

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