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 Obtainment of the Life Certificates from the pensioner community at the every year to ensure living status of pensioner, during the pension payment process was upgraded on 30.12.2019 to a Biometric Scheme, incorporating with latest technological strategies at the premises of the Department of Pensions under the patronage of S.Hettiarachchi- the Secretary to the Ministry of Public Administration, Home Affairs, Provincial Councils and Local Government.

The existed complicated extensive scheme for re-obtainment of the same data issuing the life certificate applications through the divisional secretariats has transformed into a simple fast scheme and the pensioner also can connects with this new scheme easily. Also an opportunity has granted to reduce the pension frauds reported continuously during the past through the existed scheme with this new the process that ensure the living status by placing the fingerprint of the pensioners.

Issuance of life certificates using the fingerprint of pensioners registered through online after 01.01.2016 is scheduled to facilitate under the first phase of this program. Further actions will be taken to provide this facility for all public and private banks during the implementation in the year 2020.

Participating at the launch of the new biometric system, the Secretary to the Ministry of Public Administration, Home Affairs, Provincial Councils and Local Government appreciated the duty performances of the Department of Pensions updated daily for the convenience and progress of the pensioeners and respected public servants who enjoys their retirement life.

The Secretary appreciated the “Pension for All” concept presented to the Ministry of Public Administration and Home Affairs by the Department of Pensions in accordance with the policies and vision of the State and the proposal on the revisions to be made in the entire pension scheme including the Public and Private Sector.

Further, the former secretary of the Treasury expressing his views on the current process of the Department of Pensions conveyed his gratitude on behalf of entire pensioner community to the all director generals of pensions including the present Director General for transforming the department tended for the excellent public service developing day by day and the environment filled with the files covered with dusts has been entirely changed positively.

Former secretary to the P.B.Abeckoon, former secretary to the Ministry Mrs. Sudharma Karunarathne, Ghotabhya Jayarathne, Mrs. B.P.P.S.Aberathne and staff officers’ including Director General A.Jagath D.Dias and additional Director General K.R.Pathmapriya also participated for this short event held under the patronage of the Secretary to the Ministry of Public Administration, Home Affairs, Provincial Councils and Local Government.   

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  Following the Manifesto of Vision for Prosperity, the official ceremony to welcome the New Year 2020 and the commencement of the work was held on 01 st of January at 8.30 a.m under the patronage of Director General of Pensions- A. Jagath D Dias at department premises.

The event commenced after the Director General of Pensions hoisted the national flag and Additional Director General of Pensions hoisted the department flag. The Chief Incumbent of the Panchikawatte Sri Abhayasingharama , Ven.Demalusse Medhankara Thero visited the event and performed the Buddhist religious practices including pirith chanting attending the crowd into the five precepts.

Also, Hindu, Catholic, Islamic clergymen conveyed their greetings for the New Year performing all religious observances. All the members of the DoP staff participated for the event and a brief explanation on the path and the challenges of the Department of the Pensions during the upcoming year was delivered by the Director General of Pensions while forwarding the greetings for the New Year.

All staff members of the Department of Pensions including the Additional Director General of Pensions were participated to the event. A tea party was organized at the end of the event by the Welfare Society of the Department of Pensions for the participants.   

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  A practical workshop under a phase of the initial training of newly joined SLAS cadets was organized in the Department of Pensions on 05.12.2019 and 20.12.2019 with the purpose to study management process of the department with respect of providing research solutions for the administrative problems.

As participants of this workshop, SLAS cadets were engaged in activities on presenting the research solutions in respect of the already identified problems in the implemented management process of the Department of Pensions.

SLAS cadets also discussed with the newly retired pensioners visited the department for their formal retirement, after the discussion on IT systems, previous systems, and old record rooms.