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90248 pension beneficiaries in Punjab found dead in survey conducted in state: Baljit Kaur

The Fact News Service
Chandigarh, October 14

On the orders of Minister for Social Security, Punjab Dr. Baljit Kaur the department conducted verification of pensioners drawing various kind of pensions from the state exchequer. Among those verified 90248 pensioners were found deceased. Now the district-level officers have been directed to submit the undistributed amount into treasury by 21st October, stated Dr.Baljit Kaur in a press statement issued her today.

Please set that a department give pensions to elderly, widows, dependent children and the disabled. Describing the news published in some newspapers regarding the survey as unfounded, Dr. Baljit Kaur said that on 4 August 2022, she had a meeting with the districts’ officials of the department.

During the meeting, she had instructed all the district officials to identify deceased beneficiaries for the financial assistance scheme for old age pension, widow and dependent women, dependent children and destitute. It should be ensured that pension is not transferred to the account of any deceased beneficiary. So she directed that a survey of existing beneficiaries of old age pension and other financial assistance schemes should be conducted.

By taking action as per the orders and getting back the amount lying in their accounts by identifying the deceased beneficiaries, the financial loss of the government will be prevented and other needy people will be helped with this amounts, she added.

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