Pensions directly to pensioners' accounts
THE Government has implemented a system from January 1 to directly
provide the pension to pensioners who face severe hardships and long
queues at post offices or Divisional Secretariat offices to get their
Under the new mechanism formulated by the Public Administration
Ministry, steps have already been taken to directly remit the pension to
the savings accounts of pensioners who have accounts at People's Bank,
Bank of Ceylon and National Savings Bank branches, Public Administration
and Home Affairs Minister Dr.Sarath Amunugama said.
According to Minister Amunugama there are 430,000 pensioners.
Therefore, the intention of the Ministry is to include all pension
holders in this new system which will enable them to obtain the pension
without any hindrance.
However, if some pensioner is not willing to enter this system, he
will be allowed to obtain the pension from the Post Office or the
Divisional Secretariat in his respective area.
"After receiving the receipt sent by the Divisional Secretariat, all
pensioners have to go to the Post Office or Divisional Secretariat
office to get their pension. Some receipts posted to these pensioners
are not received by them on time.
In addition, there are two or three officers in each Divisional
Secretariat offices to post these letters to pensioners, " the Minister
The intention of the Ministry is to stop sending letters to 430,000
pensioners by transferring their monthly pension directly to banks. The
Pensions Department will directly remit the pensions to the pensioners'
Meanwhile, the banks will also provide special relief measures such
as housing loans and other credit facilities to pensioners.
In addition, if the pensioners have saved a certain amount in their
savings accounts without spending the entire monthly salary, special
interest will also be paid for such savings, the Minister said.