Tamil Nadu is the first state to implement disbursal of Old Age Pension (OAP) to senior citizens and other monthly monetary benefits to seven other schemes under the social security schemes through biometric smart cards, said K.P. Munusamy, Minister for Municipal Administration and Rural Development, here on Saturday.
Inaugurating disbursal of cash dispensing through smart cards to the beneficiaries at Muthali village in Hosur taluk in the district, Mr. Munusamy said that Chief Minister Jayalalithaa has ordered to dispense cash benefits to the pensioners and other beneficiaries under the social security schemes to those live in villages with a population of above 2000. Hence, Tamil Nadu is the only state to implement smart card system for disbursal of monthly assistance to the senior citizens at their door steps.
No frill saving accounts would be opened in the name the beneficiaries to enable disbursal of OAP through banks, the money would be dispensed to the beneficiaries at their villages through Business Correspondents appointed by the banks in their service area.
The new system was introduced by the Chief Minister to bring transparency with a view to avoid malpractice.
As many as 27,179 beneficiaries were given OAP orders during last year. As on date 1, 11,419 beneficiaries are being given OAP in the district. Biometric cards were given to 42,900 beneficiaries in 157 villages through 18 banks. Mr. Munusamy lauded the services of the banks to the beneficiaries of OAP and MNREGS beneficiaries through bio-metric cards.
Collector C.N. Maheshwaran presided over the function. C. Prakasam, District Revenue Officer, M. Karthikeyan, Zonal Manager, Indian Bank, Dharmapuri Circle, V. Krishnadoss, Manager, Lead District Bank, Sandeep Nanduri, Sub Collector, Hosur, K. Ashok Kumar, Chairman, District Panchayat, P. Balakrishna Reddy, Chairman, Hosur Municipality among others participated.