Pen­sion­ers should not have to wait long pe­ri­ods for pen­sions, pub­lic as­sis­tance

Stabroek News Sunday - - LETTERS -

Dear Ed­i­tor, Can the Min­istry of So­cial Pro­tec­tion kindly ad­vise the Old Age Pen­sion­ers both Old Age and Na­tional In­sur­ance Scheme (NIS), also those per­sons who re­ceive Pub­lic As­sis­tance as to what time on the day when their pen­sion is due they can re­port to the Post Of­fice and other ar­eas that same is payable?

It can be frus­trat­ing to have us wait­ing at the Post Of­fice as early as 07:00 hrs on pen­sion days and not to be paid on most oc­ca­sions un­til af­ter 11:00 hrs. Then at 12:00 hrs the Post Mas­ter or Pay Clerk goes for lunch and re­sumes pay­ment at 13:00 hrs.

Re­mem­ber as we get older we try to beat the weather by trav­el­ling in the cool of it. There are no rea­sons for me to be­lieve that pen­sions can­not be made avail­able at 09:00 hrs at the Post Of­fices at the ex­treme of the Esse­quibo Coast, that is Char­ity and Aurora Post Of­fices. Pen­sion to us must not be seen as a handout or gift, we have earned the right to re­ceive same.

I had writ­ten about the inad­e­quate seat­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion at these of­fices, par­tic­u­larly on pen­sion days, but it is good that I can say that has been ad­dressed. I am hop­ing that these long hours of wait­ing will be sig­nif­i­cantly re­duced. Yours faith­fully, Archie W. Cordis Pen­sioner

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