Karnataka identifies 3.58 lakh fake pension recipients and saves Rs 430 crore
Karnataka Revenue Minister R Ashoka said on Saturday that the government was able to identify 3.58 lakh ineligible and fictitious recipients of social security pensions, saving Rs 430 crore.
The state currently provides nine monthly pensions, including old age, disability, widows, single/divorced women, transgender, acid attack victims and endosulfan patients.
”We use our Navodaya app to review pension recipients, the data is linked to the ration database and the e-Janma database (births and deaths). This helped identify ineligible pensioners, including those who died,” Ashoka said.
He said there were 73.23 lakh beneficiaries in the state and in 2020-2021 the government spent Rs 7,800 crore on pension payments which is expected to rise to Rs 9,483.51 crore rupees this year.
Claiming to have launched India’s first new paperless system in which pension claimants will be onboarded within 72 hours, the minister said: “It’s called Hello Revenue Minister, where you have to call a toll-free number to make his application using Aadhaar, he will then be transferred to the village accountant, who will visit the applicant and verify, following this, the pension order approved by the sub tahsildar will be sent to the applicant people in Bengaluru, he said that’s because there are no village accountants in the city, but plans are underway to partner with private aggregators like Swiggy, Dunzo or the government’s Jana Sevaka program to deliver pensions.
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