Distribute social security allowance without delay, DoCR tells local levels

Kathmandu, May 31

The Department of Civil Registration under the Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development has issued a circular to all local levels, directing them to distribute the second and third instalments of social security allowance to beneficiaries before the expiry of the fiscal 2016-17.

The circular issued to the district coordination committees, metropolitan cities, sub-metropolitan cities, municipalities and rural municipalities yesterday read, “The local levels are urged to distribute to the beneficiaries the second and third instalments of social security allowance meant for the current fiscal by opening bank account from the ward office or taking advance from the central office of local level.”

The DCR warned that the budget set aside for social security allowance would be frozen and the concerned employees would be held responsible for the consequences arising out of the delay. It requires the local levels to disburse the allowance through banking channel so that the money would reach the concerned beneficiaries in accordance with the amended Social Security Programme Operation Procedure, 2016.

According to DCR, social security allowance will be distributed through the newly created municipalities and rural municipalities. The DCCs have also been directed to allocate the needful amount to the local levels. The DCR has already set aside Rs 32.69 billion for distribution of social security allowance for the current fiscal. Elderly citizens above 70 years, Dalits and locals of Karnali zone who are above 60 years of age and children of the same region who are below five years will be entitled to the monthly allowance.

Similarly, the allowance would be provided to single women/widows, endangered communities and the disabled. Senior citizens will be provided with Rs 2,000 a month and rest of the others, except disabled, Dalits and children, will get Rs 1,000 monthly. Likewise, disabled holding red cards under the complete disabled category will get Rs 2,000 while blue card holders will get Rs 600.