The pension census that started on 20th February 2017 has come to an end across the country. Twelve teams of validation officers have been scattered across the country to facilitate the exercise that included the capturing of biometrics for all pensioners that turned up for the census and validation exercise. The last team was that which visited Kapchorwa and closed the centre yesterday.
So far, 47,640 pensioners have been validated representing 65.3% of the total number of pensioners on the Government Pension payroll. Effort to reach out to the indisposed was made and a number of the bed ridden were able to be validated by their bedside.
Much as all the centres upcountry have been closed, the Kampala Centre is still open until 20th April 2017. All pensioners who have not been able to be validated are encouraged to present themselves to the validation team that is stationed at the National Records Centre and Archives in Wandegeya to avoid disruption of their pension payments.
At the end of the exercise, all the pensioners that will not have participated in the exercise will be suspended from the pension payroll. In addition, all the data that will have been collected from the exercise will be interfaced with the National Identification Database and further analysis. During the analysis, exceptions in form of date of birth mismatches, name mismatches, biometrics mismatches and other issues will be identified for further scrutiny and may result into further suspension from the pension payroll for the affected records. All this is being done in a bid to rid ghost pensioners from the government pension payroll and in turn saving government of funds that can then be used to provide other needed services to the citizenry.
There have been cases where pensioners have presented themselves for validation but could not be validated since their names were not on the list for validation from this Ministry. The respective votes where the affected pensioners retired from have been advised to access these pensioners on to the IPPS to avoid further disruptions. It is a government policy to have all pensioners paid through the IPPS for better planning and management of the payroll.