PSC embarks on biometric verification exercise for pensioners

The Public Service commission is embarking a biometric exercise verification exercise for pensioners.

In a statement, the PSC said the exercise was necessitated by the observation that the biometric attributes of some of the pensioners do not appear in the Registrar General’s database.

“To strengthen the Pension Management System in that regard, the Government is embarking on a Biometric Life Certificate verification exercise.

“The benefits of the exercise to Government and pensioners are as follows:

a) avoiding payment to ghost pensioners; b) enhancing the security of the pension system to curb corruption; and c) enhancing service delivery,” it said.

“The Public Service Commission requests all pensioners who have metal IDs and do not have valid passports to visit the nearest Registrar  General’s office and obtain a plastic ID so that their biometric data is captured.

“Pensioners are reminded to make use of the Registrar General’s Office nearest to them within the same town/locality, in compliance with set Covid-19 regulations Pensioners are requested to present a bank statement or pension payslip to prove that they are Government Pensioners. No payment is required for this exercise.

“We expect this exercise to be completed by 31* August 2021. From 1* October 2021, only those with verified biometric data will be paid their pension. All pensioners are kindly advised to ensure that they have registered their biometrics to be compliant with this new requirement.”