Berhampur, Nov 16 (LocalWire) In an effort to maintain transparency in different pension schemes and curb fraud by beneficiaries, the Ganjam district administration has launched an initiative ‘Prakat Bachan’ (Identification).
The initiative gained significance after a few cases of fraud came to light during a ‘Prakat Bachan’ meeting last month in Aska block in which some beneficiaries under Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension (IGNOAP) were found to be drawing their monthly pension till October though they died five to six months back.
The relatives of deceased persons had been drawing the pension amount totalling Rs.7000 in the names of the beneficiaries.
“As we came to know it, we asked the concerned panchayat official to reimburse the amount by realising the same from the families of the deceased which they did”, said an officer.
District collector Vijay Amrut Kulange has asked the BDOs and executive officers of NACs and the commissioner, Berhampur Municipal Corporation (BeMC) to maintain transparency while disbursing the amount under different pension schemes and monitor death vacancy cases.
Asking the BDOs to hold ‘Prakat Bachan’ day at panchayat level, he said panchayat executive officers would call the names of beneficiaries loudly, so that, the villagers can point out the beneficiary who is dead.
In the same block, the district administration had recovered Rs 62,400 from the then panchayat executive officer (PEO) of Khanadadeuli, A.K. Mallick, who had allegedly disbursed pension amounts to 13 persons in the panchayat who were dead.
He was transformed from the block after he admitted the negligence and deposited the amount.
“Prakat Bachan is a unique initiative launched by the district administration and it will help curb frauds”, said Chandra Sekhar Sahu, BJD MP from Berhampur.
On other hand, the district unit of BJP criticized the administration for not including several elderly persons in the old age and widow pension scheme.
“Several old persons died waiting for the pension while many are running from pillar to post” said state secretary Bibhuti Jena.
Official sources said total pension beneficiaries in the district are 4, 01, 262 comprising IGNOAP 1, 50,702 and MBPY 2, 50,560.