ISLAMABAD: Federal Ombudsman Salman Faruqui has directed the Ministry of Finance, Accountant General Pakistan Revenue (AGPR) and Ministry of Information Technology to finalise the automation of E-pension system at the earliest.
Earlier, on the direction of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, a committee was constituted by the Ombudsman comprising senior officers and former Auditor General of Pakistan, which recommended to launch the e-pension system.
In this regard, a meeting was chaired by Hafiz Ahsaan Ahmad Khokhar, Senior Adviser Law and Grievance Commissioner for Overseas Pakistanis which was attended by senior officers of different departments which submitted their progress reports on the matter.
This included the Ministry of Finance, Establishment Division, Controller General of Accounts, AGPR, Ministry of Housing and Works, and the Ministry of Information Technology which devised an e-pension system in consultation with other departments.
The AGPR informed that new Performa of pension and family system has been prepared, which would be distributed among the departments to connect it to the main e-portal of the AGPR.
Mr. Khokhar asked the representatives of the departments to finalise the e-portal system for gazetted and non-gazetted federal government employees.
It was also directed to establish an online complaint system for pension cases being connected with the complaint system of federal Ombudsman.
It is pertinent to mention that all federal government departments have already designated Welfare Officers to deal the cases of pension.
The Establishment Division, Finance Division and AGPR has established special pension cells so that the pension of federal government employees is ensured and disbursement to them prior to their retirement.
The representatives of all departments were directed to finalise their work on e-pension system by the end of December and the inauguration of E-pension system would be made on 1st January, 2017.