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Manipur Social Welfare Dept. Bags National Award For 100% Dbt Implementation

Manipur Social Welfare Dept. Bags National Award For 100% Dbt Implementation
September 13
13:53 2018

Department of Social Welfare, Government of Manipur has been awarded on Tuesday by the Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India for its efforts and contribution in implementing 100 percent Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) under National Social Assistance Programme (NSAP) through PFMS. The department was given 3rd Rank in implementation of DBT in NSAP.

The award was handed over by Union Minister, Rural Development, Government of India, ‎Narendra Singh Tomar‎ in the presence of Minister of State, Rural Development, Ram Kripal Yadav at Plenary Hall, Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi.

State Social Welfare Minister, Smt Nemcha Kipgen lauded all the stakeholders and expressed profound gratitude on this achievement as such accomplishment means maximum benefits and welfare for the poor and needy people of the state. She reminded that Social Welfare department always works for the welfare of the masses and to deliver the benefits to the right beneficiaries. It is the team work of the officials of the department that such feat has been achieved. DBT for all schemes was always the main target by the Minister Social Welfare since she came into office, she asserted. Minister Nemcha also stated that under the leadership of a dynamic leader, Chief Minister, N. Biren Singh, the state on Tuesday witnessed such achievement.

As per the nationwide ranking among the states, Manipur stood at 8th and in Northeast, the 2nd state for 100% DBT for release of old age pension. DBT ensures that the funds are released transparently without any corruption and it can be monitored online.

The National Old age pension scheme at present in Manipur have 55247 beneficiaries. The Payment of pension benefits by NSAP-PPS through PFMS has ensured the following benefits to the general public namely de-duplication and removal of ghost beneficiaries from list, accurate targeting for new beneficiaries, monthly disbursement can be implemented, pension calculation with arrears, huge saving of time, effort and resources.

In Manipur, the following activities were taken up by Social Welfare department to ensure the implementation. Massive exercise done by the department to stop pension for duplicate pensioners based on same account, Aadhaar and physical verification through which more than 13000 fake beneficiaries were identified and deleted, 100% Bank accounts, updating Aadhaar consent after collecting from beneficiaries, reconciliation and clearance of old payments to pensioners, with migration of DBT regime, timely payment can be monitored.

Apart from the 100% DBT, the state government has also ensured Ru-Pay card to be issued to all the old age pensioners for Door Step Delivery of Pension. All bank branches have been instructed to issue Rupay card to those beneficiaries who don’t have either Ru-Pay card or ATM card so that pensioners can receive the fund easily.

Altogether, Manipur bagged three awards on Tuesday from the Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India. For Northeastern State and Himalayas States Category, Chandel District Administration was given the Best Performance in Effective Implementation of Extended Gram Swaraj Abhiyan and for Hilly areas category, RD & PR Department received the Best SIRD for Both Training and Number of Participants.

It may be mentioned that at the National Awards function of the Ministry of Rural Development, a total of 228 awards was presented under different categories to the States, Districts, Blocks, Organizations, and individuals.

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