Punjab government on Wednesday issued instructions to launch a special campaign to weed out ineligible old age pensioners as per the directions of Punjab and Haryana High Court.
“A statewide drive has been launched to verify the age and residence
proof of all beneficiaries of Old Age Pension. Under the campaign, all cases of old age pension beneficiaries of villages and Urban localities after January 01, 2009 will be verified and instructions in this regard have been already issued to all Deputy Commissioners of the state,” a Punjab government spokesperson said.
The spokesperson said that primary verification will be completed by
village level officers for the proof of residence and age and for the
purpose of income of the beneficiary Patwari will be the competent
authority for the primary verification.
“The list of such cases, not fulfilling the eligibility criteria for old age pension, will be displayed in Panchayat Ghar in the villages for inviting claims and objections,” said the spokesperson, adding that any claims and objections will be heard in Gram Sabha by an officer deputed by the Deputy Commissioner and preferably of the rank of SDO and above that includes CDPO, BDPO and DDPO etc.
He added that Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM) of the sub division will be overall incharge of verification process for his sub division. “After the completion of entire process at sub division level reports will be sent to Deputy Commissioner, who would send this report to the
Director Social Security and Women Welfare Department, Punjab. After
verification status report of eligible and ineligible beneficiaries
will be presented in the Punjab and Haryana High Court,” he added.