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Manipur Social Welfare dept bags award
Correspondent
 IMPHAL, Sept 12 - Manipur’s Social Welfare department has been awarded by Union Ministry of Rural Development for its efforts and contribution in implementing 100 per cent Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) under National Social Assistance Programme (NSAP) through PFMS. The department has been ranked third in implementation of DBT in NSAP.

The award was handed over by Union Minister for Rural Development Narendra Singh Tomar at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi on Tuesday.

As per the nationwide ranking among the States, Manipur stood at 8th and in North East, the 2nd for 100 per cent DBT for release of old age pension. DBT ensures that the funds are released transparently without any corruption and it can be monitored online.

The National old age pension scheme at present has 55,247 beneficiaries in Manipur while more than 13,000 fake beneficiaries were identified and deleted.

Altogether, Manipur bagged three awards from the Union Ministry of Rural Development. For Northeastern States and Himalayan States Category, Chandel district Administration was given the Best Performance award in effective implementation of Extended Gram Swaraj Abhiyan and for Hilly areas category, RD & PR department received the Best SIRD award for both training and number of participants.

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