ISLAMABAD: Finance Minister Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar Saturday took strong notice of the difficulties being faced by pensioners in collecting pensions at various bank branches.
Talking to Governor State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) on telephone the finance minister asked him to contact the National Bank Authorities and redress the problems of the people.
The Minister also advised SBP to ensure 24 hour operation of Automated Teller Machines service by the banks to facilitate customers during the Eid holidays.
The Finance Minister said that sufficient cash must be kept available in the ATMs to facilitate people and save them from any inconvenience according to statement issued by the ministry.
It is pertinent to mention that the SBP has advised all commercial banks to take necessary measures for facilitation of general public by ensuring uninterrupted availability of Automated Teller Machine (ATM) services on the occasion of Eid ul Fitr.
The ATM sites of commercial banks will be examined by inspectors of State Bank and verification teams of SBP s Banking Service Corporation (BSC) field offices during the period from 1st July 2016 till 10th July 2016 to verify their operational status.
In view of the extended Eid holidays banks have also been advised to intimate SBP BSC Field Offices in advance about the extra cash that they may need so that adequate arrangements could be made for replenishing their ATMs during Eid Holidays.
Banks will also make sure that in addition to ATMs continuous services are also available on Point of Sale (POS) and other Alternative Delivery Channels (ADC) Channels.