Haryana pays interest to pensioners for delay



Chandigarh: Haryana government on Tuesday released over Rs 6.02 crore for the payment of pension to more than one lakh people under various social security schemes, an official spokesman said here.

The total amount also included interest at a rate of 4 per cent for the delayed payment of pension, he said.

Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda had recently ordered that the amount of pension, the payment of which got delayed, be released to the beneficiaries along with interest at the rate of savings bank account, he said.

The Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) scheme was introduced to bring more transparency in distribution of various social security pensions and to further facilitate the beneficiaries, he said.

Out of 93,000 accounts integrated in the month of July for 16 districts - Ambala, Bhiwani, Kaithal, Kurukshetra, Karnal, Panipat, Sonepat, Faridabad, Rewari, Palwal, Mewat, Narnaul, Panchkula, Sirsa, Fatehabad and Jind - under the EBT scheme, 41,234 accounts were not paid pension for March 2011 and 59,631 for April 2011.

PTI