24 October 2019
Bhubaneswar: Beneficiaries of various welfare schemes in Odisha will now receive their pension amount through direct benefit transfer (DBT) in their bank accounts. While the program will be implemented in all urban areas of the State in the month of November, beneficiaries in rural areas will avail the benefit from the month of December.
In view of this, Commissioner-cum-Secretary, Social Security & Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, Bhaskar Jyoti Sharma has directed all district Collectors to facilitate linking of the beneficiaries' bank accounts with Aadhaar and digitisation of required documents.
In a letter to the district Collectors, Sharma has stated that the beneficiaries will be asked to bring their bank passbook and Aadhaar Card while visiting their respective panchayat offices on November 15. While the documents will be photo-copied at the panchayat office, bank representatives will also be called for opening and updating of bank accounts of the beneficiaries.
While the district Collectors have been asked to take adequate steps in this regard, if a rural beneficiary who is unable to avail bank services seeks to receive the pension in cash, he or she will be paid the same as per earlier practice.
January 15, 2020 is the set target to complete the DBT program which will help the beneficiaries of Madhubabu Pension Yojana and National Social Assistance Programmes (NSAP) to receive their pension directly in their bank accounts.