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Pension cheque sent back to Ministry in 2013, Pensioner still awaits payment

Monday, July 21, 2014
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Problem: Dhanmatie Mahabir of Stalin Street, Dow Village, California, has not received her (social welfare) pension cheque for January 2013. Her brother Ranjit Sinanan, who wrote in on her behalf, said, “The cheque was sent to FCB, Couva, but was sent back by the bank to the Ministry of the People, stating that the account was a joint one and as such the cheque could not be deposited. “Since then she has been visiting the welfare office in Chaguanas, made several calls to the ministry’s office, but still no cheque.”



Solution: Ms Mahabir’s complaint was relayed to the Ministry of the People and Social Development. The ministry said funds were deposited to joint accounts once the client was the primary holder. The ministry will be sending a letter to FCB to request the funds, as they were initially returned to the wrong department by the bank, so that Ms Mahabir could receive her pension.


People with these types of problems are advised to go into the ministry’s head office at 55-57 St Vincent Street, Port-of-Spain, or call 623-6142, as only the head office can rectify such matters.


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