Islamabad : The National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) determined to launch a Pensions Disbursement Program using its Biometric verification system in order to facilitate pensioners.
Chairman NADRA Tariq Malik has stated this while briefing the meeting about NADRA’s Pension Disbursement Program using Smart ID and E-Sahulat Branchless Banking Scheme held at Presidency.
While giving the program details Tariq Malik said that in the first phase, all the pensioners across the country will be enrolled at NADRA Swift Registration Centers and will be issued Smart National Identification Cards.
In the second phase, the pensioners will be able to draw their pensions from any of NADRA’s E-Sahulat Branchless Banking Franchisees.
Giving details of the mechanism, Chairman NADRA informed that currently there are over six thousand franchisees across Pakistan and more franchisees can be added based on the market need.
The pensioner along with his/her Smart National ID will visit his/her nearest E-Sahulat Franchisee where he/she will be verified by NADRA Biometric Verification System before disbursement of the pension, he said.
He said that with these Smart Cards, the holder won’t have to provide proof that he is living, because the card will only accept thumb impression of a living person.
He said that holder of the card won’t be required to withdraw the pension amount in one go. He will be able to withdraw any amount at any time at any biometric enabled ATM of any bank. Every National Bank branch will have biometric ATMs, he informed the meeting.