Social security pensions: Over 35 lakh Kerala pensioners yet to complete mustering process

Shamseer Asharikkal

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Nanminda: As many as 35,35,152 pensioners in the state have not performed mandatory biometric mustering meant for authenticating individuals receiving welfare pensions through biometrics. It may be noted that it is the process by which the government collects details of the beneficiaries of social security and welfare pensioners. The process is done via Akshaya centres and the purpose is to verify whether the beneficiaries are alive.

Out of the total 64,62,402 beneficiaries, only 29,27,250 persons have completed the mustering process.

Akshaya centres are frequently affected by rush and server issues. Hence, the process has been prolonged. Though several pensioners’ organisations demanded the government to arrange the facilities of mustering at Common Service Centres too, no action has been taken yet.

Meanwhile, the mustering of 57,839 pensioners has failed. For resuming their pension dispensation, such beneficiaries have to submit a Life Certificate attested by a gazetted officer and the slip of failed mustering process at the local self-governing body.

Mustering stalled
The state government has ordered to stall the mustering procedures in the Akshaya centres till May 12. The move is reportedly based on a Kerala High Court order. The court stalled the mustering on account of the pleas which demanded the government to offer mustering services at the Common Service Centres too.

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