Pension through biometric system

Islamabad—Minister for Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development Pir Syed Sadaruddin Shah Rashid on Tuesday informed the Senate that pension to the pensioners of Employees’ Old-Age Benefits Institution (EOBI) would be provided through biometric system.
He said that the new system would start functioning after Muharram ul Haram.
Responding to calling attention notice raised by Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi, about the mismanagement in the affairs of EOBI, the minister said the government has taken various steps to provide pension to the pensioners of EOBI. The pension would be paid through biometric cards, he said.
He said there were scams worth Rs.36 billion in EOBI in which properties were purchased on doubled prices. The cases were in the court of law and former EOBI chairman was behind the bar, he said.
The minister said the pension was also enhanced from Rs 3600 to Rs.5250 which could not be paid through EOBI resources.
The Finance Department provided Rs.835 million for payment of enhanced pension to the pensioners, he said.
Chairman Senate Mian Raza Rabbani said the EOBI had devolved to the provinces under 18th Amendment. The implementation commission had proposed to make it an autonomous body and run it through Board of Directors.—APP

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