|Friday, 28 January 2005|
Integrated database for key institutions :
Pensions to go on-line
By Sudarhana Perera
The Information and Technology Agency (ICTA) will implement an e-Pension project soon to streamline the payment of pensions and other retiring benefits to public officers.
A mega project under the Re-Gov program funded by the World Bank will link the pensions disbursement module of Divisional Secretariats, the Department of Pensions and Divisional Secretariats.
CEO of ICTA, Manju Haththoduwa told the Daily News that the business processes of the Department of Pensions would be studied initially to reengineer the process and would convert the current manual process to ICT based activities and paper based records in to digitised records.
"The central database of the Department of Pensions will be kept updated with inputs from the Population Registry and Divisional Secretariats will be provided with up-to-date information from the central database", Haththoduwa said.
"Although an attempt has been made to create a central database at the Department of Pensions the central database has never been updated with the relevant information from Divisional Secretariats due to the absence of a mode of connectivity and functional imperfections.
It is also observed that a fully functional IT solution has also not been produced and supplied to Divisional Secretariats", he said.
The project will provide Software solutions and the hardware to mange pensions based activities and will connect the Department of Pensions and Divisional Secretariats through a secure data communication set up.
The proposed computerized pension system project would bring in a new pension management system which needs to be practised entirely in ICT based systems and procedures.
"The new pensions system will have modules to carry our its all functions and Divisional Secretariats will be provided an ICT application to include new pensioners and delete pensioners from the pensioners list and to facilitate monthly pension disbursement", he said.
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