HYDERABAD: All the beneficiaries of Aasara pensions will have to open a bank account for receiving the pension amount from June onwards.
Hyderabad district administration has decided to disburse Aasara pensions though bank accounts instead of handing over them personally.
District collector K Nirmala directed officials to ensure that all the beneficiaries open bank accounts. She also directed district lead bank managers to make sure that all banks open zero balance accounts by Aasara beneficiaries.
There are a total 1,56,280 Aasara beneficiaries in Hyderabad district. Among them 53,292 are old age pensioners aged above 60 years. While widow pensioners are 80,273, there are 22,715 disabled persons.
During the disbursal of pensions aged people have been facing a lot of problems. There were many instances where the elderly had fainted and fallen ill while standing in queues. If the beneficiaries have a bank account the pension amount can be directly credited to their account, said an official. Till now Aasara pensions are being distributed by revenue officials in all mandals. As a pilot initiative, Aasara pensions were deposited in bank accounts of beneficiaries directly in Musheerabad mandal.