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Pakistan urges collective effort to ensure succes of UN's peacekeeping -
UNITED NATIONS, Oct 30 (APP): Reaffirming Islamabad's commitment to United Nations peacekeeping, a top Pakistani diplomat said Thursday that his country's participation in the U.N. flagship activity was aimed at helping the world body to deliver on its promise to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war.


Malala donates $50,000 for reconstruction of Gaza schools -
UNITED NATIONS, Oct 29 (APP):  Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Malala Yousafzai, Wednesday announced a contribution of $50,000 to help with the rebuilding of UN schools in Gaza that were heavily damaged by the Israeli bombing of the enclave recently.


Pakistan elected to UN Economic and Social Council; a vote of confidence by world community: Masood -
UNITED NATIONS, Oct 29 (APP): Pakistan was elected Wednesday to the  Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC),the economic arm of the United Nations, with Ambassador Masood Khan saying it reflected the prestige Pakistan enjoys in the international community.


Recession-hit rich countries suffer ‘great leap backwards’ in child poverty: UN -
UNITED NATIONS, Ovt 29 (APP):  Some 2.6 million children have sunk below  the poverty line in the world’s most affluent countries since 2008, negatively impacted by the wave of recessions that rippled through their economies following the meltdown of blue chip financial intuitions, according to a new United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) report out Wednesday.


Pakistan ranked ahead of major South Asian countries in ease of doing business -
WASHINGTON,  Oct 29 (APP): Pakistan features higher than other major regional economies in the  World Bank’s 2015 report on the ease of doing business, with a series of notable reforms introduced in recent years.


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28 players report at National Hockey camp
KARACHI, Oct. 29 (APP)- As many as twenty eight players reported for National Hokey camp in preparations for Champions Trophy which commenced at Hockey Club of Pakistan Stadium from Wednesday.
 
Sindh squash trials for British Open Juniors on Nov.1
KARACHI, Oct. 29 (APP)- One-day trials to select provincial players for British Open Junior event will be held at Jahangir Khan Squash Complex, Pakistan Sports Board National Coaching Centre here on November 1.
 
Final of Pak-Afghan U-19 cricket match on Oct 30
LAHORE, Oct 29 (APP): The third and final One Day match between the Pakistan and Afghanistan Under-19 cricket teams would be played at the Gaddafi Stadium on October 30 (Thursday).
 
Guinness approves Bodla's record
ISLAMABAD, Oct 29 (APP): Guinness World Records has approved the World Record of Pakistani Taekwondo black belt Ahmad Amin Bodla of striking 355 kicks in one minute.
 
Pakistan got golden opportunity to seize Test series: Iqbal Qasim
KARACHI, Oct 28 (APP): Pakistan team got the golden opportunity to seize the 2-Test match series against Australia by maintaining their, focus, momentum and firepower.
 
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NADRA’s smart card to benefit over 2.1 million federal government pensioners PDF Print E-mail
By Karim Madad

ISLAMABAD, Mar 13 (APP): The government under the directives of President Asif Ali Zardari has announced a Smart Card Scheme for all the federal government pensioners majority of them elderly citizens including retired army personals, meeting their long awaited demand. “The smart card would benefit over 2.1 million federal government pensioners including retired army personnels across the country and this project would be completed jointly by the Ministry of Finance and National Database Registration Authority (NADRA),” Minister for Finance and Economic Affairs Senator Salmeem H Mandviwalla told a news conference here the other day.
Director General NADRA’s Smart Card Project Gohar Ahmed Khan was also present on the occasion.
Saleem H Madviwalla said that decision of launching NADRA’s Smart Card for federal government retired employees was a big achievement of the present government, which would benefit a large number of the pensioners by utilizing this facility.
“This was the long awaited demand of the pensioners which has been fulfilled by the present government for the relief of the pensioners “, Mindviwalla remarked.
He added that the government’s disbursement of pensioners through different banks and post offices would also continue side by side of the NADRA’s smart card on the choice of the pensioners.
He said that the one smart card of a pensioner would cost Rs.1500 and the Finance Ministry and NADRA would borne the cost on 50:50 basis while the pensioner would get the card free of cost.
Giving details of NADRA’s Smart Identity Card for all federal government pensioners, the Ministry of Finance sources said that Federal Government maintains over 2.1 million pension accounts to support the retired pensioners and their families through regular pension disbursement.
The sources added that the pension is mainly disbursed through network of National Bank of Pakistan and Pakistan Post with some pensioners also benefiting from Direct Credit scheme.
Majority of these pensioners, they added were elderly citizens, who had served the country with honour, dignity and great pride.
However, they said that it has been observed that these elderly pensioners have been facing difficulty in withdrawal of their pension every month, mainly due to long unmanaged queues, accessibility issues, manual record keeping by disbursement agencies, restricted timings and limited outreach of designated disbursement agencies.
The Ministry sources said that President Asif Ali Zardari, took notice of the problems faced by Federal Government Pensioners and instructed  Federal Government Ministries, Divisions and authorities concerned, including NADRA to develop a new transparent and convenient Pension Disbursement System that would integrate seamlessly with the existing pension disbursement mechanism and increase outreach for better facilitation of all Federal Government pensioners.
The NADRA, they said has accordingly devised a new automated Pension Disbursement System that utilizes the latest Smart Card technology for On-Spot Biometric Verification  and pension disbursement.
The NADRA, they added has re-engineered the existing business processes to develop a complete new mechanism that supports enrollment disbursement, settlement and reconciliation  between all stakeholders.
The new  mechanism aims to undertake all transactions electronically, securely and swiftly with complete audit trail to ensure transparency, they remarked.
They further said that free of charge/optional service for Pensioners adding that utilization of this system is kept optional; and it is the pensioner prerogative to decide if they wish to opt and withdraw their monthly pension  through pension Disbursement System developed by NADRA.
Pensioners who opt for payment of pension through this system would be issued smart National ID  Card without any processing fee (charge to the pensioner).
“This fee shall be equally borne by GoP and NADRA (i.e. Currently Rs. 750 GOP and Rs. 750 NADRA”, they said.
The Ministry of Finance sources said that the new system goes beyond traditional pension disbursement procedures and provides pensioners with the opportunity to withdraw pension from their nearest outlets at any time of their convenience.
“NADRA e-Sahulat outlets provide a nationwide nexus of franchises to support the pension disbursement to the pensioners.  The pensioner will have the option to withdraw their pension from around 6,000 NADRA e-sahulat (pension disbursement) outlets; that shall also be expanded to Bank Branches & Post Offices in the near future”, they remarked.
 

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