Since Thursday, October 1, 2020, pensioners have been visiting the structures of the NSIF throughout the country to ensure that their rights are maintained.
At the NSIF, the period of control of physical identification and deposit of periodic documents is set between 1st October and 31st December of each year. Therefore, the rights of beneficiaries who have not presented themselves shall be suspended from payments for the following year, as from the month of January. A visit to the Social Insurance Centres (CPS) of the NSIF throughout the country confirms that the campaign has been running normally since October 1, 2020.
At the Regional Directorate of the Littoral and South West for example, Jean Paul Biboum is serene. “Instructions have been given to the Structure Heads, in advance, for the most dignified reception possible of our retired clients, in strict compliance with the barrier measures against the Covid19”, he said. He added that: “Care is taken so that, during their presence, of an average of about five minutes on the site, the pensioners are also made aware of the advantages offered to them by the Top Hierarchy aimed at improving their living conditions; namely: the coverage of 50% of their medical expenses in the hospital facilities covered by the agreement. They are also offered the possibility of obtaining medicines from certain partner pharmacies, with payment in instalments through deductions from their pension”.
It is visible that the reception areas have been elegantly equipped to facilitate the orientation of pensioners, from washing their hands to registration and installation, to the deposit of periodic documents and biometric identification. Of course, the wearing of masks is compulsory.
In the Social Insurance Centres of Bafoussam and Yaounde-Independence, pensioners are well installed in the different halls and diligently received by the teams in place, who ensure the accuracy and conformity of documents. It should be noted that for recipients of old-age, invalidity and death pensions (PVID) and occupational risks (RP), the reception of these periodic documents is subject to physical identification checks. This ensures that the recipient is indeed alive because he or she has "been seen in person". The activity is carried out under the supervision of Chiefs of Centres, since the Director General of the NSIF insists on more rigorous control of the periodic documents of beneficiaries of social benefits provided by the Institution.
It is clear that the structures of the external services are working to successfully execute this campaign of physical identification and deposit of periodic documents of pensioners.
It is worth mentioning that social fraud is a veritable gangrene that seriously damages the financial health of social security institutions. It is generally characterised by the falsification and substitution of documents, substitution of beneficiaries and the modification of information (date of birth, date of death, etc.). It is therefore a question of preventing the NSIF from paying rights that are not due, either to deceased beneficiaries whose bank accounts are still active or to beneficiaries who have ceased to meet the conditions for maintaining their rights.
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