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How does the DPPG improve the Pension tracking for WB school teachers

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" Pension tracking for WB school teachers
Retired school teachers in West Bengal can check the status of their pension files at banglarmukh.com
abhirup bhunia | Kolkata | January 20 2012

Early last year, the Left Front government in West Bengal launched an online platform for pensioners to check the status of their retirement funds. Since then, retired schoolteachers across Bengal have been keeping track of their pension status over the internet.

Bipin Roychowdhury, a beneficiary, says, “This is a good platform and helps several retired teachers like me in tracking pension details.”

The delivery system in West Bengal is known to be slow and inefficient. But this electronic service, which is part of a larger e-governance initiative, has rallied round. While banglarmukh.com acts as the face of the government, wbfin.gov.in, the finance department portal, offers specific e-services including pension and COSA (computerisation of salary accounts), an integrated database for state government employees.

The Left Front days saw a vast number of cases of pensions delayed and denied. Soon after coming to power in the state, chief minister Mamata Banerjee took the lead in framing policies fo0r disbursal of pension to schoolteachers in a fast and efficient manner. “The government is making an effort to expedite pensions,” state education minister, Bratya Basu said recently.

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