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Chief Secretary launches digitalized mode of Social Security Pension schemes implemented by Administration through e-District Portal

Port Blair ,

      The Chief Secretary, A&N Administration, Shri Jitendra Narain today launched the digitalized mode of the Social Security Pension schemes  implemented  by A&N Administration through e-District Portal at a simple function held today in the chamber of the Chief Secretary at Secretariat.This facility has been initiated and completed with the support and guidance of Hon'ble
Lt Governor, A&N Islands and Chief Secretary. With the launch of this facility, the Social Security Pensions Schemes viz. Old Age Pension, Widow Pension, Destitute Allowance and allowance for Divyangjan provided by A&N Administration is now available on digital mode (online). The Secretary, Tribal Welfare, Shri S.K Jha, the Secretary, Social Welfare, Ms Veditha Reddy and  the Director, Social Welfare, Shri Prateek Raj Yadav were also  present on the occasion.
    During the launch, the Chief Secretary directed that mass awareness programmes should be conducted through different platforms such as print, electronic and social media, to create awareness on this online facility among general public for its wider reach.
   The online application of these Social Security Pension Schemes have been carried out after updating all the relevant data of the existing beneficiaries thereby putting in place a clear, transparent and accountable system.In order to provide the benefits to the eligible beneficiaries, the Department through its Anganwadi Services  functionaries conducted a massive ground level survey for two months for verification of data of each beneficiary. While collecting the Life Certificates of each beneficiary, they collected all relevant details of all beneficiaries in a format for record.  
   Thereafter, the details of the beneficiaries were re-checked at Department Level. As per this survey, out of  27,280 beneficiaries who are  getting social security pensions till May 2021, 4,031 beneficiaries could not furnish their verification details and life certificates due to the reasons such as migration, shifted to mainland, non- traceable etc. Therefore, the payment to these 4,031 beneficiaries is kept on hold. Meanwhile, they have been provided an opportunity to submit authentic documents for their claim within 15 days, failing which, their names would be deleted from the list and will not be able to get the benefits and the recovery process will be initiated by the Social Welfare Department. This verification may lead to a saving of Rs.1 Crore approximately in a month.
  This online facility in e-District portal will help beneficiary to apply for these schemes from home with internet facility or visiting Common Service Centres (CSCs) without visiting the offices as done in the case  of manual applications. Beneficiaries need not visit Tehsildar Office and CDPO Office for signature on their application form in case of applying online. The application will be digitally processed to all concerned staff for its final processing. The beneficiaries can also opt for offline applications till further notice.