Government is set to digitize beneficiaries in Migori County, targeting over 700 elderly and vulnerable children using Biometric Data Systems (fool-proof biometric) as the government moved in to centralize its operations on the digital platform to minimize frauds to the elderly people at cash withdrawal.
Those poised to benefit more from the initiative are the elderly and vulnerable children who according to officials from the Migori County Government have been victims of cons who pose as helpers but end up fleecing them of their cash.
According to the County Director of Gender and Social Services Dominic Oyaya, orphaned and vulnerable children together with people living with disabilities are among-st those whose bio-metric data will be taken and stored for proper identification.
All the digitized beneficiaries will be issued with new-generation automated teller machine (ATM) cards which they will be using to transact at banks.
The digitized beneficiaries will be facilitated to open bank accounts which they will use in accessing their funds.
Oyaya said initially they have been experiencing so many complaints of beneficiaries especially the elderly people that they have been conned of their money insisting that with the new system, their aides will be known and can be traced properly in case of any problems occurring about the money.
The official said the new system will hasten the processes of filing returns of payments and the elderly will now be waiting for a shorter time for their benefits to be processed unlike before when they could depend on files being filled manually and all of them transported to Nairobi.
The system, he said will make such processes very convenient and almost instant, meaning that the beneficiaries will be getting their dues earlier than before.
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