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Now, no pension without Aadhaar

The state Cabinet on Tuesday decided to bring new government pensioners, who will retire from service in 2014 and after, under the ambit of Aadhaar.

Chief secretary R.S. Sharma said no new name would be included in the government’s pension plan without an Aadhaar number or enrolment ID number and bank account from 2014.

Also, he directed the labour department officials to ensure that all employees, who were nearing their retirement, had received or applied for Aadhaar cards.

The chief secretary was holding a review meeting of the labour department at Project Building.

Stressing the need to link the pension plan under the National Social Assistance Programme (NSAP) with the Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) scheme, Sharma said the initiative would ensure transparency and speed in disbursement of monthly benefit.

Further, the chief secretary said there should be no sub-allocation of funds at the block level and no intermediary parking account for transferring money from treasury to pensioners’ accounts.

He also stressed on automation of processing of pension claims to ensure accuracy. Also, he recommended setting up of a project management unit for real-time sanction of post-retirement benefits and financial planning.

In another meeting, an empowered committee headed by the chief secretary approved three proposals of the road construction and one each of the panchayati raj and industries departments — each worth over Rs 20 crore.