Arrangements have been made to pay the pension payments on April 2 and 3, says the Prime Minister’s office.
It said it hopes to complete all payments by April 6 for those who do not receive payment in the scheduled days.
The decision was taken at a meeting of the Presidential Task Force on Essential Services held yesterday, March 29.
Accordingly, steps have been taken to grant pensions through post offices and bank accounts of the pensioners.
Under the guidance of the Presidential Task Force, the Postal Department has decided to deliver the allowance for the month April to the homes of the pensioners who receive the payment through post offices, or to the Grama Seva Division through the Postal Department.
Postal officers, who visit households to pay the pension allowance, will be provided police security.
The pensioners who receive pensions through banks will have their bank accounts credited on April 2 or 3, the Prime Minister’s Office said.
Pensioners who wish to obtain pensions through bank accounts will be provided with necessary transport by the Grama Niladhari and the tri-forces or police.
However, the Prime Minister’s office stated that the Grama Niladharis should be informed about the transport needs.
The state and private bankers have also agreed to open at least one branch on the two days, the Prime Minister’s Office added.
Meanwhile, due to the need to minimize public gatherings due to the risk of spreading coronavirus, the Grama Seva officials will distribute the elderly and disability allowances to the recipients at their homes as delivered in last month, the PM office stated.