Ministry of Finance to Pay Pensions for the 1399 Fiscal Year without the New Biometric Process
To support the retirees during the Covid 19 pandemic, the Ministry of Finance will pay retirees’ pensions for the current fiscal year without the new biometric process on the basis of previous cards.
A press conference was held at the Government Media Center on May 21st, 2020 to address this. The spread of coronavirus and quarantine in the country has halted the biometric process for retirees. We understand that we currently are in a tough situation, and after we held meetings with the Council of Retirees to discuss the current situation the retirees are in,the government and the Ministry of Finance has decided to pay their pensions in the next four to five months, said Mr. Mohammad Omar Durrani, Director General of Retirement Fund.
The purpose of paying these pensions without the new biometric process is to help them deal with their problems in the current situation, since these pensions might be their only source of income, Mr. Durrani added.
At the conference, the Director General of Retirement Fund announced that the new biometric process for retirees will resume after quarantine; meanwhile, he called on retirees to stay home, because the Ministry of Finance will transfer their pensions without their presence.
It is worth mentioning that the Ministry of Finance will transfer pensions according to previous cards, in the following three categories.
Retirees with an annual salary of 75,000 Afghanis will get12 months’ salary, or one whole year.
Retirees with an annual salary of 75,000 to 150,000 Afghaniswill get75 percent, or 9 months’ salary.
Retirees whose annual salary amounts to more than 150,000 Afghanis will get 50%, or 6 months’ salary.
The retireeswhose 25% or 50% pensions remain will get it by the end of the current fiscal year.