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Beneficiaries under the Programme for Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH), can now receive their money at automatic banking machines through the use of National Commercial Bank (NCB) Keycard cash cards.
The initiative was launched on October 3 at a ceremony, held at the Dinthill Technical High School in Linstead, St. Catherine.
Speaking at the ceremony, Labour and Social Security Minister, Hon. Derrick Kellier said the introduction of the card made it cost efficient for the Ministry to administer the PATH programme. He noted that the Ministry would no longer have to produce over 85,000 cheques bi-monthly for some 190,000 beneficiaries.
“The cash card represents the most significant improvement in service delivery since the inception of PATH in 2002. Recipients will have 24-hour access to funds at any NCB automatic banking machine, as well as being able to check account balances and use the card to make purchases wherever NCB Keycards are accepted,” he explained, noting that more than 450 beneficiaries have already applied for the card.
Mr. Kellier pointed out that beneficiaries who opted not to take the card would continue to receive their benefits at post offices. However, the Minister said he was hoping that persons would eventually see the advantages of using the card and apply for it.
According to the Minister, beneficiaries would be notified by text messages after the money is deposited to their accounts. He also said that cardholders would not be able to deposit money to the accounts.
Lauding the efforts by representatives of the Ministry and NCB in introducing the idea, Mr. Kellier said this was an excellent representation of collaboration between the public and private sectors.
“The teams that worked to make this happen must be congratulated as it heralds the dawning of a new age of partnership,” he added.