Karimnagar, December 2
With the government’s decision to disperse pensions through online, tension mounted up in elders, physically disabled, widows & beedi workers. Pensioners are worried about December month pension since most of them do not have bank accounts while some have not linked Aadhar with bank accounts.
There are about 4.84 lakh pensioners in Karimnagar district. Without sufficient cash reserved in banks due to demonetization, the government has considered digital transactions are the only way and taking steps in this regard.
The officials were directed to credit the pension amount in the accounts of pensioners. The officials and staff are busy in collecting bank account details of pensioners and also linking their Aadhar number with the accounts in Karimnagar, Jagtial, Sircilla, Peddapalli districts.
Earlier, the officials used to pay the pension amount to those who do not have accounts or without Aadhar linking, at their houses in the first week of month.
Now with the government opting for digital transactions, all the pensioners are making a bee line at the banks, which already have long queues. Of the total pensioners in Karimnagar (1,11,143), Sircilla (1,05,320), Jagtial (1,93,143) and Peddapalli (74,935), 30 per cent beneficiaries have no bank accounts and another two per cent accounts were linked with Aadhar.
The banks do not have the huge amount of about Rs. 60 crore needed for dispersing pension in December. Besides, the government directed the banks to give Rs. 10,000 in cash to government employees.