New payment system for pensioners, disabled
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs on Wednesday said a new banking system has been created to pay monthly stipends to pensioners, families of martyred soldiers and disabled persons.
Labour and Social Affairs Minister Nasrin Oryakhel told a news conference in Kabul the new system aimed at reducing workload and accelerating the payment process.
She said the system was currently active in 26 provinces and would be activated in the remaining eight provinces within the next 100 days.
Of 184,000 retired people, 57,000 would get their monthly stipends through two private banks in a simplified manner, she said, adding the new payment system would help prevent corruption and make easy receiving the amounts.
“We had been facing highest level of vulnerability in distributing these payments. This new banking system helps us in fighting corruption and ensuing transparency in our services,” she said.
The minister said non-electronic payments to pensioners and compensations to families of fallen soldiers had many problems.
She said the plan to convert the process to electronic banking was devised six years ago but could not be implemented due to some issues.
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