Banks to record fingerprints to deliver pension at doorstep

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Nahan, Sep 15 (UNI) In a novel scheme, Himachal Social Justice and Empowerment ministry has decided to rope in Banks to deliver pensions after verifying fingerprints of the recipients at their doorsteps.

To begin with, the scheme, now being run through post offices, would be introduced in the Una district where banks would record the fingerprints of the pensioners.

On the due date, the bank employees would deliver the pension at homes after verifying the fingerprints through a special machine, Social Justice and Empowerment Minister, Sarveen Chaudhary told mediapersons here today.

She said this time budget for social justice had been increased almost doubled to 24.32 per cent from earlier 11.72 per cent.

She said BPL families would get pension on priority basis and poor families having income of less than Rs. 6,000 per year would also be eligble for it.

Ms Chaudhary said youths from poor background would be sent on technical training on government expenses to be engaged in private factories.

One-room would be provided in each primary school for Anganwari functioning after constructing proper facilities and a certificates would be issued to Anganwari children recording their age and other vital facts, she added.

The minister earlier laid foundation stone of a building to be constructed with cost of Rs 27 lakh to house the district welfare office, a room for District Programme officer and a room for disabled persons.

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