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Govt committed to bring economic stability, end load shedding : PM -
MADINA MUNAWWARA, Mar 6 (APP): Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Friday said the government was committed to bring economic stability, end load shedding and terrorism from the country, so that peace and prosperity returns to Pakistan.


PM offers Isha prayers, Nawafil in Masjid-e-Nabwi -
MADINA MUNAWWARA, March 5 (APP): Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Thursday offered Isha prayers and Nawafil in Masjid-e-Nabwi and prayed for peace, progress and prosperity of the country.


Top UN official calls for enforcing human rights amid rising tide of extremism -
UNITED NATIONS, March 5 (APP):  The world may be at a turning point as violent extremism and intolerance remain pervasive across the spectrum of global society, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights said Thursday as he urged Member States to uphold the human rights principles underlying their communities in their fight against radicalism.


Libya crisis festering,UN envoy warns, urging decisive action to build national unity - UNITED NATIONS, Mar 5 (APP): The overall situation in Libya is “deteriorating rapidly”
amid a growing terrorist threat and continuing violence, the United Nations envoy to the Arab country has warned the Security Council, as he urged national stakeholders to move firmly in defining the country’s future.


PM performs Umrah; prays for sovereignty, peace in Pakistan -
MAKKAH, Mar 5 (APP): Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Thursday performed Umrah and prayed for sovereignty, prosperity and peace in Pakistan.


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Gold medal for Nadeem Omar for meritorious services in sports
KARACHI, Mar 6 (APP): Karachi City Cricket Association (KCCA) Zone-IV has announced a gold medal for cricket patron and sponsor Nadeem Omar for rendering meritirous contribution for promotion of sports, said a news release issued Friday.
 
Misbah suggests PCB for his successor
KARACHI, Mar 6 (APP): Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq, who will retire from One-day Internationals after the ongoing Cricket World Cup has made a recommendation on his successor to Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), a leading cricket website reported on Friday.
 
Wasim Akram in line for Greatest All Time ODI cricketer
KARACHI, Mar 6 (APP): Former Pakistan skipper Wasim Akram is in line to become Greatest One-Day Cricketer, according to survey being conducted by leading cricket magazine, it was reported on Friday.
 
Azeem Ghumman to lead Dollar East in Patrons Trophy
KARACHI, Mar 5 (APP): Dashing opening batsman and former Pakistan Under-23 captain, Muhammad Azeem Ghumman has been named to lead Dollar East squad in Patrons Cricket Trophy Grade-II Cricket Championship starting at various parts of country from March 9.
 
Azeem Ghumman to lead Dollar East in Patrons Trophy
KARACHI, Mar 5 (APP): Dashing opening batsman and former Pakistan Under-23 captain, Muhammad Azeem Ghumman has been named to lead Dollar East squad in Patrons Cricket Trophy Grade-II Cricket Championship starting at various parts of country from March 9.
 
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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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