Integrated social welfare register to reduce ‘ghost’ beneficiaries

social-security-cardsThe Ministry of National Policies and Economic Affairs, through the Department of Project Management and Monitoring, with technical assistance of ICTA, has prepared a single window for an Integrated Social Welfare Register.

The register is based on the recipient’s unique National Identify Card (NIC) number, for all handouts from Ministries, Provincial Councils and Local Authorities. Currently 80% of data has been uploaded to the system and further refining is in progress, the Prime Minister’s office said.

The Prime Minister’s office said that once the program is completed, it will be very useful in streamlining social welfare handouts, better targeting and reducing ‘ghost’ beneficiaries, if any.

The Government says the introduction of the ‘Adhaar’ program in India, with a unique number for all social payment beneficiaries, has resulted in substantial elimination of ghost beneficiaries. (Colombo Gazette)

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